For many patients struggling with obesity in the Beaumont / Port Arthur areas, laparoscopic vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG) offers a solution. This minimally invasive weight loss surgery helps patients lose (on average) 60% of their excess weight (according to a study cited in Obesity Coverage).
What Is the Sleeve Gastrectomy?
Vertical sleeve gastrectomy is a bariatric procedure offered by board-certified and fellowship-trained weight loss surgeon Dr. Waheeda Mithani. During the procedure, Dr. Mithani removes approximately 80% of the stomach. The removed portion of the stomach also regulates the hunger hormones, so you are less hungry after procedure. The “new” stomach is about the size and shape of a banana. Because patients have a significantly smaller stomach and are less hungry after this procedure, it’s easier to feel full while eating smaller portions.
The sleeve gastrectomy is known to be effective in helping patients achieve major weight loss goals while also resolving over a dozen chronic health issues associated with obesity.
Is the Sleeve Gastrectomy Right for Me?
In order to be considered a candidate for vertical sleeve gastrectomy, patients should have a BMI of at least 40 or have a BMI between 35 and 39 with one or more comorbidities. However, only a physician can determine if a patient is right for weight loss surgery. To learn more, schedule your one on one consultation with Dr. Mithani, a fellowship-trained weight loss surgeon in the Beaumont/Port Arthur area.
What Results Can I Expect?
Bariatric Surgery Source reports the following results for gastric sleeve surgery:
- 1-year post-op: 70% loss of excess weight (on average)
- 5-year post-op: 55% loss of excess weight (on average)
- “Complete resolution or significant improvement for at least 15 obesity-related health conditions, including diabetes, hypertension, and sleep apnea.”
Risks & Benefits of VSG Surgery
As with any surgical procedure, sleeve gastrectomy has risks and benefits. Dr. Mithani and her team make every effort to educate patients in the various ways sleeve gastrectomy can impact a patient’s life.
As with any surgery, risks are involved. Risk factors and levels are unique to each patient. A preoperative consultation with Dr. Mithani will include a full evaluation and discussion of potential risk factors as they pertain to you.
Benefits may include:
- No foreign objects placed in the abdomen.
- No rerouting of the small intestine.
- Significant long-term weight loss.
- Reduced appetite and increased feeling of fullness/satisfaction.
- Improvement of comorbidities associated with obesity, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and arthritis.
- A longer life expectancy and an improved quality of life.
Schedule Your Weight Loss Surgery Consultation (Port Arthur & Beaumont)
To learn more about vertical sleeve gastrectomy, please contact Mithani MD at (409) 721-5150. You can also schedule your appointment with Dr. Mithani online. Dr. Mithani is the only fellowship-trained bariatric surgeon in the region – serving patients throughout Southeast Texas, including Port Arthur, Beaumont, Jefferson County, Nederland, Groves, Port Neches and Bridge City.