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Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery

About Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery

sleeve-gastrectomy-surgeryThe sleeve gastrectomy reduces your stomach to about the size and shape of a banana. The remaining stomach may hold between two and five ounces. Sleeve gastrectomy removes the portion of the stomach that produces the hunger hormone ghrelin. Following surgery, your hunger will be much less because the levels of this hormone are reduced.

Weight Loss after Sleeve Gastrectomy

After the sleeve gastrectomy, many people show improvement in diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and sleep apnea.

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.
  • Dumping syndrome is avoided; (dumping syndrome is associated with the gastric bypass).
  • Does not require an implanted medical device.


Gastric Bypass Surgery

About Gastric Bypass Surgery

Laparoscopic-RNY-Gastric-Bypass(RNY-Bypass)The Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass, also called the gastric bypass or bypass surgery, reduces the size of the stomach and repositions the small intestine to create metabolic changes that help you lose weight. Having a smaller stomach pouch allows you to feel satisfied sooner and eat less. Bypassing a portion of the small intestine helps alter the release of some of the gastrointestinal hormones involved in helping you feel less hungry as well as improve sugar or glucose metabolism for type 2 diabetics.

The Minimally Invasive Procedure

A small camera is passed through a port into the abdomen so the surgeon can view the operative site on a nearby video monitor. Delicate instruments are used to perform the operation through five to six small incisions. This laparoscopic approach to surgery has many advantages over surgery using larger incisions. Some of the benefits include less post-operative pain, shorter hospital stay, quicker recovery and better cosmetic results.

Advantages of Gastric Bypass Surgery

  • Laparoscopic approach.
  • Reduces stomach capacity.
  • Reduces the amount of food that can be eaten at a meal.
  • Promotes rapid weight loss.
  • Small incisions and minimal scarring.
  • May be effective for some type 2 diabetics who are unable to control their blood sugar using medications alone.
  • Has been shown to improve obesity-related diseases, including high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
  • Does not require an implanted medical device.


LAP-BAND® Surgery

About LAP-BAND® Surgery

LapBand - nwwlsLAP-BAND surgery involves implanting an adjustable gastric band designed to help you lose weight, improve weight-related health conditions and enhance quality of life. It reduces the stomach capacity and the amount of food that can be consumed at one time. The LAP-BAND is a silicone ring designed to be placed around the upper part of the stomach and filled with saline on its inner surface. This procedure creates a new, smaller stomach pouch that can only hold a small amount of food, and you feel full sooner. As a result, you will eat less and lose weight.

Advantages of LAP-BAND Surgery

  • Minimal trauma.
  • Least invasive surgical option.
  • No intestinal re-routing.
  • No cutting or stapling of the stomach or intestine.
  • Small incisions and minimal scarring.
  • Reduced pain and shorter recovery.
  • No dumping syndrome; (dumping syndrome is associated with the gastric bypass).
  • Outpatient procedure.
  • Reversible procedure.



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Meet Chad

“Whatever’s holding you back, let it go.  There’s a life out there waiting for you that’s beyond your imagination.”

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 80 pounds.  My life is completely different – I used to be in pain and limp from an ankle surgery, but now that is all better and I am active and fit.  It’s such a blessing!

 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