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What Is the Safest Form of Weight Loss Surgery?

Losing weight is a huge battle for many individuals. While dieting and exercise may work for many, surgical weight loss is necessary for others.  Many patients come to the office and ask “What is the safest weight loss surgery that can be performed?”.  Many studies have shown that the safest form of weight loss surgery is the laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG). If you want to begin your journey to a more-healthier you safely, here are the essentials of laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy.

The Procedure

Dr. Thompson and the operating room staff will put you under general anesthesia during your laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy. After that, he will make incisions in your belly. Using a long, thin fiber-optic camera and a monitor, Dr. Thompson will perform the surgery. The surgical instruments will enter your belly through the other small incisions. They will remove approximately 75 percent of your stomach.

Your surgeon will take out the fundus, which is the largest part of your stomach. Your fundus makes up a large area in your stomach that secretes ghrelin. The hormone, ghrelin, contributes to making us hungry. Taking out your fundus may help you lose weight by reducing your urge to eat. Once the fundus (and other areas of your stomach) have been removed, the remainder of your stomach will be a long, narrow tube, or sleeve. You will end up with a smaller stomach that will limit the amount of food you eat. The procedure takes approximately 1-2 hours to perform. Expect to stay in the hospital for 1-2 nights after your procedure.

The Candidate

The following conditions qualify you for weight loss surgery:

  • You have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or greater, or
  • Your BMI is 35 or greater, and you have a medical condition related to obesity, like high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, or sleep apnea.

Before you have laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, a work-up must be completed to make sure your are healthy enough to undergo the procedure. You should also correct behaviors that can block your weight loss efforts after your laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy.

It is a must that you stop smoking at least three months before your laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy. Smoking increases your risk of developing complications.  This habit also delays your healing after the surgery because it reduces the amount of oxygen distributed inside your body.


The Benefits

Clinical evidence shows that you can lose up to 60 percent of your excess body weight in the first two years after your laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy. Often patients lose much more, especially when committed to proper nutrition and exercise routines.  Studies also suggest that your obesity-related ailments are treated and sometimes cured completely.

Health and safety are vital considerations in choosing the right weight loss procedure. Here at Clarity Surgical, we will help you go through the steps of your weight loss journey. The laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy is the safest weight loss surgery for most patients. Feel free to call us at 516-400-4900 if you have inquiries or if you want to set an appointment. You can also visit our office for a one-on-one consultation.  The health and wellness of our patients is our number one goal…always.