Top Gastric Sleeve Surgeons in Houston

Texas Laparoscopic Consultants is a Houston based bariatric practice with a dedicated team of professionals having one goal in mind

We want to help you achieve the significant weight loss results that you have been looking for and giving you the support and knowledge to sustain the weight loss for the rest of your life.

About Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery

Gastric sleeve surgery, also known as gastric sleeve resection or sleeve gastrectomy, is a newer type of bariatric surgery. The procedure is also known as tube gastrectomy, vertical sleeve gastrectomy, or laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy. Our surgeons at Texas Laparoscopic Consultants are highly experienced with this procedure, and our team has performed it successfully on many patients who suffer from morbid obesity and wish to turn their lives around. Gastric sleeve surgery is often performed in patients who may not qualify for other weight loss surgery treatments; however, the procedure is known to have similar weight loss results.

If you have any questions about gastric sleeve surgery, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with one of our bariatric surgeons, please contact TLC today.

How gastric sleeve surgery works

About 75 percent of the stomach is removed by the bariatric surgeon during gastric sleeve surgery, giving the stomach a new shape in the form of a a tube or “sleeve.” The entire surgery is completed laparoscopically, so instead of one large incision, you will have just a few small incisions created. The surgeon will insert a viewing tube containing a small camera and other small surgical tools into the tiny incisions. Using these tools and the camera to guide him, your surgeon will remove a potion of the stomach. The sleeve or tube that is left of the remaining stomach will be stapled to seal it closed.

Occasionally, the gastric sleeve procedure will be followed by a duodenal switch surgery or a gastric bypass surgery after the patient has experienced a significant weight loss. This process makes the second surgery less risky than if it had been performed alone, or if it had been done first, and is referred to as a “staged” approach to surgical weight loss. The degree of weight loss determines the timing of the second surgical procedure. The second surgery usually is performed within six to eighteen months of the first surgical procedure.

Benefits of the gastric sleeve

The benefits of the gastric sleeve include reliable weight loss of 50% to 70% of excess body weight (50 to 70 lbs of weight loss for every 100 lbs overweight). Some additional advantages include:

  • safe and effective method to lose weight
  • Ghrelin, a hormone in the stomach that stimulates appetite, is significantly reduced
  • digestive tract is not altered and digestion occurs naturally without causing malabsorption
  • no dumping syndrome
  • no foreign medical device, such as a band, in the body
  • safer and less complex procedure since the intestines are not rerouted

Who would be a good candidate for gastric sleeve surgery?

Candidacy requirements for this surgical procedure are set by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). They require that the body mass index, or BMI, is higher than 40, equivalent to men being approximately one hundred pounds overweight and women being approximately eighty pounds overweight. With the presence of an obesity-related illness like diabetes, high cholesterol or high blood pressure, a BMI between 35 and 39 may also indicate that a person is a candidate for weight loss surgery. Taking height and weight into account, the BMI is a reliable measure of body fat. Please take a look at our gastric sleeve surgery candidates page for more information on qualifications. You can also determine your body mass index by using our BMI calculator.

What to do before surgery

Anyone considering a gastric sleeve resection or any other bariatric surgery should know that they will have to stop smoking one month prior to the procedure and will not be able to smoke until at least one month after the procedure has been completed. Ideally, you should quit smoking for good, but the minimum requirement will be for one month prior to and for one month after the surgery. Smoking slows the healing process and increases your risk for many life-threatening complications after completion of the surgical procedure ,including pneumonia, blood clots, and risk of infections.

In some cases, the surgeon may require you to follow a special diet in the few weeks leading up to the surgery. Our TLC surgeon will talk with you about what you can expect before and after surgery at your initial consultation. You can also contact our practice for more information on pre-operative and post-operative expectations.

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