How The Sleeve Works 2017-08-24T13:15:14+00:00

How The Sleeve Works

How Laparoscopic Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy Works

Los Angeles, Irvine, and Riverside, California

LAP-BAND® surgery and Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery are the most well known bariatric surgery procedures. However, they may not be the best bariatric surgery option for some patients. Especially for patients whose Body Mass Index (BMI) is over 60,laparoscopic vertical sleeve gastrectomy may be safer and more effective for significant weight loss.

No matter how heavy you are, our board-certified LA bariatric surgeon Dr. Shyam Dahiya can help you decide which bariatric surgery will be safest and most effective for you. At your weight loss surgery consultation, Dr. Dahiya will educate you about your options and answer all your questions about gastric sleeve surgery.

How Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy Helps You Eat Less

Do you have trouble sticking to small portions? Do you need to eat more to feel full than other people? If you have trouble reducing your food intake, your stomach may have stretched from years of unhealthy eating habits. A larger stomach takes more time to fill up, causing you to eat more and more before you feel satisfied. This effect builds on the existing causes of obesity to make it even more difficult for you to lose weight. Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy is a way of combating obesity with surgery, designed to help you eat smaller portions and control your calorie intake.

Simply put, laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy surgery shrinks your stomach. Sleeve gastrectomy is also called the stomach staple surgery because it involves stapling and removing about two-thirds of your stomach. The part of your stomach that remains is shaped like a tube, or sleeve, and holds much less food. Gastric sleeve surgery allows you to eat a bit more per sitting than LAP-BAND® surgery orRoux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery. Thus, you feel full after eating a normal, healthy portion of food, but you shouldn’t need more than that to feel satisfied.

How Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy Helps You Lose Weight

In order to lose weight with laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy surgery, you must be committed to making a significant change in your lifestyle. This means dedication to a healthy diet and daily exercise. You may have had trouble sticking to a diet before, but with a smaller stomach capacity after vertical sleeve gastrectomy surgery, it should be much easier. When you tried dieting in the past, you may have felt hungry all the time, like you were starving yourself. After your sleeve gastrectomy weight loss surgery, you should be able to eat much less and still feel satisfied.

While it should be less painful to control your portions after sleeve gastrectomy surgery, it will still be challenging. Losing weight is never easy, even after bariatric surgery. If you don’t stick to your post-surgery weight loss program, your stomach can stretch again and completely undermine the results of your sleeve gastrectomy surgery.

If sticking to a healthy diet and exercise plan sounds impossible, don’t worry. Dr. Dahiya and our team of healthcare professionals will support your and keep you focused on your goals. At your monthly follow-up visits in the year following your sleeve gastrectomy surgery, we will reinforce your diet and exercise plan and help you stay motivated. Our nutrition specialist Dr. Jose Mari-Elacion will help you plan healthy, properly portioned meals and make sure your body is getting the nutrients it needs.

If you are ready to take back control of your weight with laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy bariatric surgery in Los Angeles, pleasecontact our board-certified bariatric surgeon Dr. Shyam Dahiya to schedule your first consultation at our Lakewood office near Orange County and Riverside, California.