Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery

Gastric Sleeve Surgery in Chandler & Mesa, AZ

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During a sleeve gastrectomy the stomach is divided vertically with a line of staples allowing a large portion of the stomach to be removed. This is usually done using minimally invasive (laparoscopic) surgery. The remaining stomach is a long tube shaped like a slender banana and can hold between 1 and 5 ounces.

This procedure helps individuals lose weight by restricting the amount of food and calories that can be eaten at one time. The part of the stomach that is removed secretes a hormone called ghrelin which is partly responsible for appetite and hunger. Due to the decreased amount of ghrelin, sleeve gastrectomy patients experience a loss or reduction in appetite. This loss of appetite induced by sleeve gastrectomy surgery helps individuals achieve weight loss.

The board certified bariatric surgeons at Agave Surgical Specialists are the Phoenix Metro Area’s leaders in weight loss procedures including gastric sleeve surgery. Learn about the advantages of gastric sleeve surgery and schedule your consultation today.

How the Gastric Sleeve Works

This procedure works by several mechanisms. First, the new stomach pouch holds a considerably smaller volume than the normal stomach and helps to significantly reduce the amount of food (and thus calories) that can be consumed. The greater impact, however, seems to be the effect the surgery has on gut hormones that impact a number of factors including hunger, satiety, and blood sugar control.

Short-term studies show that the sleeve is as effective as the roux-en-Y gastric bypass in terms of weight loss and improvement or remission of diabetes. There is also evidence that suggests the sleeve, similar to the gastric bypass, is effective in improving type 2 diabetes independent of the weight loss. The complication rates of the sleeve fall between those of the adjustable gastric band and the roux-en-y gastric bypass.

Sleeve Gastrectomy Before & After

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Advantages of Sleeve Gastrectomy

  • Restricts the amount of food the stomach can hold
  • Induces rapid and significant weight loss
  • Requires no foreign objects or bypass of the food stream
  • Involves a relatively short hospital stay of approximately 2 days.
  • Causes favorable changes in gut hormones that reduce appetite

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COVID-19 Update

The providers and staff here at Agave Surgical Specialists want you to know that we are here for you.

In efforts to keep our patients safe and healthy during this time, we are offering telemedicine visits for certain diagnosis.  If you are interested in utilizing telemedicine for your visit, please let our friendly staff know at the time you are making your appointment!

Agave Surgical Specialists is closely following the most up-to-date announcements and information on the known cases of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Because this information is always changing, we will be monitoring all updates from the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control.

If you are experiencing cold or flu symptoms, please make sure to contact us via phone prior to your appointment. You may also contact us for any additional questions by calling one of our offices.

Here are a few additional resources as well:

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