The Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy has been gaining popularity for those seeking to lose weight. The Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy, or VSG, does not alter the intestinal tract anatomy like the Gastric Bypass does, which patients like.
The patient also has good weight loss, with between fifty to sixty percent of excess body weight lost within two years of surgery.
In this procedure, the stomach is divided vertically and about eighty-five percent is removed leaving the patient with a “banana” shaped stomach. The outlet valve (pylorus), and the nerves to the stomach remain intact, which preserves normal stomach function.
The volume that the patient can eat is greatly minimized with the stomach reduction.
Both low BMI and very obese patients benefit from this procedure. When the Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy is used for very obese patients, it is used to help them get to a reduced weight for a safer transition to the Gastric Bypass, that will provide additional weight loss.
The Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy, like all surgeries, should be approached with a full understanding that it is a “tool” for weight loss that helps the patient to be satisfied with less food intake so you can control portion and calories. It is important to make healthy lifestyle changes and introduce exercise and more activity into your daily schedule.
This Bariatric Procedure is recommended for the following Body Mass Index:
• Low BMI of 30 to 35 – Low BMI is not covered by insurance
• BMI of 35 or greater with a medical condition that can be improved with weight loss such as diabetes, sleep apnea, heart disease
• BMI of 40 or more and is 100 pounds or more overweight