Laparoscopic gastric sleeve resection, is an effective alternative for those patients who may not be candidates for LAP-BAND® System, REALIZE™ Band, or gastric bypass surgery. Gastric sleeve surgery, also known as Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (VSG), involves removing a portion of the stomach to limit the amount of food that can be ingested at one time and give you an earlier sensation of fullness. 75% of the outside of the stomach is removed keeping the openings into and out of the stomach the same. Patients experience the sensation of fullness more quickly when eating. It is unique in that the portion of the stomach that is removed also is where hunger hormones, called Grhelin is produced. Removal of this hunger hormone results in excellent appetite suppression. It can be an excellent way of losing significant amounts of weight and starting you on the road to better health and a slimmer physique.
Laparoscopic gastric sleeve resection surgery at our Dallas-Fort Worth and Arlington, Texas-area practice is a simpler procedure than gastric bypass. It is known to be less likely to cause complications brought on by other procedures, and allows for similar degrees of weight loss compared with gastric bypass surgery. However, as with any surgical procedure, vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG) is not completely without risk. Dr. David D. Kim will discuss your treatment options with you, and together, you and Dr. Kim can decide if this procedure is the best choice for your needs.
The laparoscopic gastric sleeve resection, or vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG) procedure is one of the newest weight loss surgery options available in the U.S. Dr. Kim has been performing this procedure with increasing regularity and has seen firsthand its successful results. The procedure begins with five or six incisions, performed laparascopically, which involves tiny instruments and small incisions to provide a quicker procedure and recovery time, as well as less visible scarring. Using a stapling device, Dr. Kim will permanently remove 70 percent of the stomach, creating a thin stomach tube that keeps its natural openings for food to come in and go out. This new “sleeve” holds much less food than previously, helping you feel full after much smaller portions of food and allowing you to lose significant amounts of weight. The vertical sleeve gastrectomy procedure is performed under general anesthesia.
Patients can expect some discomfort and pain following VSG surgery; however, this can be controlled with medication. Normal activities can typically be resumed after one week, and Dr. Kim and his team will schedule follow-up appointments with you to ensure that you are adjusting well during recovery. Since any type of weight loss surgery requires significant changes in diet and lifestyle habits after the procedure, Dr. David Kim provides a comprehensive aftercare and support program that will help ensure you are losing weight safely and effectively.
Self Pay Package Price for Gastric Sleeve: starting at $11,800
Most insurance plans do cover the cost of VSG. Dr. Kim offers a number of low-interest financing options if your policy does not. One of our assistants will be happy to assist you in applying for financing opportunities that allow you to make affordable monthly payments for laparoscopic gastric sleeve resection surgery.