As one of the busiest groups for sleeve gastrectomy in the region, during the past five years, the Surgical Specialists of Louisiana (SSL) have helped to change the lives of over 1,000 individuals with the laparoscopic gastric sleeve procedure. The weight reduction results we have seen with the gastric sleeve have been very effective, with 50-70% excess weight loss at one year post-op, maintained for years thereafter.
Why Sleeve Gastrectomy Is So Effective
Sleeve gastrectomy provides a straightforward weight loss solution that has an immediate effect, similar to the gastric bypass. The gastric sleeve procedure removes the majority of the left portion of the stomach where the hunger center resides. The concept is to reduce the stomach size while also decreasing the hunger drive, which results in being able to feel full after eating less food.
Dr. James Redmann, one of the nine board-certified surgeons at SSL, says, “The sleeve gastrectomy works because of two key elements. First, the left side of the stomach, which is the hunger center, is removed. Second, there is only 30% of the original stomach left, which can only hold a little bit of food. The gastric sleeve is so effective because it cuts the hunger drive and provides portion control.”
Not being hungry all the time is a new feeling for most patients, one that changes their lives for good. They aren’t as hungry and they can’t eat as much, so they lose weight – it’s that simple. “One of the biggest advantages of the gastric sleeve is that it makes sense to patients,” says Dr. Redmann. “‘The surgeon takes out 70% of the stomach, my hunger is controlled, I lose weight.’ No diagrams are necessary to explain how it works, and there is no foreign object in the body. This makes sense to the patient and is easy to relate to.”
If you are interested in learning more about the sleeve gastrectomy and laparoscopic weight loss surgery, please contact the Surgical Specialists of LA at 1-877-691-3001 or www.whyweight.com.
About the Surgical Specialists of Louisiana at WhyWeight.com
The Surgical Specialists of Louisiana is committed to helping you lose weight and obtain a healthy lifestyle. Our nutritionists are available for one-on-one consultations. Whether you need to lose 15, 50 or 150 pounds, SSL can help you. Our medically supervised weight loss program, MyWeight, combines nutrition therapy, physical activity and physician prescribed medication, if necessary. Our minimally invasive weight loss surgery procedure options, including gastric banding, gastric bypass, gastric sleeve and the duodenal switch, are for those who need to lose 50 or more pounds.