Questions About Laparoscopic Sleeve
Is laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy the same as stomach staples?
Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, or gastric sleeve surgery, is sometimes called stomach stapling because it does use surgical staples to shrink the stomach. However, laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy involves more than just stapling. The surgical staples are used to seal off a sleeve, or tube-shaped section, of the stomach. Next, the rest of the stomach is excised (removed), leaving only about one thirds of the original stomach capacity.
If you have more questions about how laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy works, feel free to schedule a bariatric surgery consultation with our board-certified bariatric surgeon Dr. Shyam Dahiya.
Which is more effective, LAP-BAND® surgery versus gastric sleeve surgery (staples)?
Both laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy surgery and LAP-BAND® surgery can help you combat obesity with surgery and get down to a healthier weight. However, you may benefit more from one or the other depending on your health, body characteristics, and other factors. At your bariatric surgery consultation, our board-certified bariatric surgeon Dr. Shyam Dahiya will help you decide on the best bariatric surgery procedure for your needs.
What is the recovery time for laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy surgery?
The recovery time for laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy surgery is comparable to the recovery time for gastric bypass and other laparoscopic bariatric surgery procedures—typically about 6-8 weeks until you are completely recovered. However, your individual recovery time depends heavily on your overall health and your body’s ability to heal after bariatric surgery.
One key difference between gastric sleeve surgery and other bariatric procedures is that sleeve gastrectomy patients often require less follow up care and nutritional supplements. Nonetheless, laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy is still major surgery, so we will keep track of your progress with monthly follow up visits after your surgery for at least a year. Talk to our bariatric surgeon Dr. Dahiya for more information about the risks and complications of weight loss surgery.
How much can I eat after laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy?
Like other weight loss surgeries, laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy reduces the effective size of your stomach so that you feel full after eating smaller portions. LAP-BAND® surgery, REALIZE® Band surgery, and Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery leave you with a small pouch that usually holds less than 15% of your original stomach capacity.
Laparoscopic gastric sleeve surgery, on the other hand, is a less drastic reduction in stomach size. After sleeve gastrectomy surgery, your stomach will typically hold about 200 ml. This is enough for you feel satisfied after eating a healthy-sized entrée.
To learn more about laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy and other bariatric surgery procedures in LA, please contact our board-certified bariatric surgeon Dr. Dahiya to set up your initial bariatric surgery consultation at our Los Angeles area office in Lakewood, California.