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About Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery

The laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy reduces your stomach to about the size and shape of a banana. This reduction has a two-fold impact to your eating habits. First, this limits the capacity of our stomach aiding in feeling satisfied sooner and eating less. Second, the portion of the stomach removed during surgery produces the hunger hormone ghrelin. By removing this section of the stomach, your hunger is greatly reduced, minimizing the frequency and cravings for food.

What is Minimally invasive or Laparoscopic Surgery?

This is a type of surgery that uses small incisions which long skinny instruments and a video camera are passed to do operations that used to be done through large (open) incisions.  We view this as major surgery through minor holes.  Because the incisions are so small, you will have less pain, barely noticeable scars, and return to normal activities more quickly.  The operations are usually less than an hour and you will go home the same day.

How do surgeons learn to do this?

Most surgeons get training in the basic aspects of laparoscopic surgery during their residency.  Residency is a period of training that lasts from 4-6 years following medical school depending on the surgical discipline.  Our surgeons trained for 5 years in residency.

Our surgeons also completed an additional year of intense, highly advanced training called a Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship.  Both were trained at the Texas Endosurgery Institute where many of the current laparoscopic surgical procedures were developed.  Both of our surgeons have been involved in teaching hundreds of other surgeons both nationally and internationally and have published several papers in the field.  They have been doing advanced Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery since the turn of the century.

Additionally, both of our surgeons graduated from medical school with Alpha Omega Alpha Honors – and esteemed recognition granted to only the top 3% of each medical school class.

Weight Loss after Sleeve Gastrectomy

Those who pursue laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy on average report a loss of 65% to 70% of excess weight on average in the first year.

Ongoing success is a combination of multiple factors including routine follow-up visits with your care team, monthly support groups, diet and exercise changes, and mental health care.

Please speak with your surgeon at your consult about your specific expected outcomes.

Advantages of Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery

  • Laparoscopic approach.
  • No intestinal re-routing.
  • Reduces stomach capacity and allows the stomach to function normally so most food items can be consumed in small amounts.
  • Reduces the portion of the stomach that produces ghrelin, the hormone that stimulates hunger.
  • Does not require an implanted medical device.
  • Can aid in the improvement of obesity-related conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, PCOS/infertility, bone and joint conditions and others.

Being in my mid-50s, change is not something I undertake casually. I had LAP-BAND® surgery with Dr. Michaelson in 2011 because I knew it was time to prioritize my health. My insurance covered the procedure, and I was able to lose 50 pounds in the first eight months. Unfortunately, by 2017, I had gained back all of the weight, plus some. I was still determined to win my lifelong battle with obesity and returned to Dr. Michaelson for a second procedure. This time I had a gastric sleeve revision, which I paid for out of pocket, so you know I believe in my surgeon! To date, I have lost 64 pounds, and I am continuing to slowly lose.

The revision was by far the best decision I have ever made for myself. I feel absolutely amazing! I traveled from Alaska for surgery on a Tuesday and flew home on Friday.
I was back at work on Monday with no issues at all. I’m loving life post-revision!

Robin M.
Wasilla, AK