A Closer Look at the Sleeve Gastrectomy Procedure


There are several options to consider for bariatric weight loss, including vertical sleeve gastrectomy. During this procedure, a bariatric surgeon modifies the stomach so that it can hold a smaller amount of food. This helps patients lose weight because they feel full more quickly and can reduce their calorie intake. Bariatric weight loss is a life-changing event that requires many lifestyle adjustments. If you’re wondering if bariatric weight loss might be right for you, read through the following information and consider attending a surgical weight loss seminar at Riverside Community Hospital.

Preparing for Bariatric Weight Loss

Prior to having sleeve gastrectomy, you can expect to consult a specialist to determine if this procedure is right for you. You may undergo a physical exam, a review of your medical history, mental health counseling, and tests such as blood tests. Bariatric weight loss patients also typically receive nutrition counseling and extensive education regarding lifestyle adjustments. Bariatric weight loss patients who smoke may be advised to quit before the surgery. A physician may instruct you to discontinue certain medications or supplements for a period of time. Since you will be placed under general anesthesia, your physician will let you know when you must cease food and drink intake before your surgery.

Undergoing Sleeve Gastrectomy

When you arrive at the bariatric weight loss center, an IV line will be placed and a breathing tube will be inserted into your throat. If the bariatric surgery can be performed using minimally invasive techniques, then the surgeon will make several small incisions in the abdomen. The stomach will be inflated and surgical staples will divide the stomach. The new stomach is often compared to the shape of a slender banana. The remainder of the stomach is removed.

Recovering from the Procedure

Patients are typically discharged from the hospital in about two to three days. You’ll receive detailed post-operative instructions, including steps to take to reduce the risk of infection and support healing. You’ll also need to follow your doctor’s dietary instructions.

The Center for Surgical Weight Loss at Riverside Community Hospital has been designated as a Center of Excellence by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program from the American College of Surgeons. In addition to providing sleeve gastrectomy and other bariatric weight loss procedures in Riverside, we offer extensive patient education, seminars, and support groups. Call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (951) 788-3000 to find out more.

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