Benefits of Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Oct 13, 2022
Benefits of Gastric Sleeve Surgery
Gastric sleeve surgery is the most common weight loss surgery in the United States. Find out the benefits of this expert-recommended procedure.

Have you exhausted all your options for losing weight? Are the diets and workout regimes not giving you the results that you’re looking for? It might be time to consider gastric sleeve surgery and all the benefits it has to offer.

Hitesh Amin, MD, and his team at Transform Bariatrics, in Rockville and Greenbelt, Maryland,  offer gastric sleeve surgery in order to help you take the next steps in your weight loss journey.

What is gastric sleeve surgery?

Gastric sleeve surgery is a type of weight loss, or bariatric, surgery. During the procedure, the size of your stomach is reduced and a small part – or a sleeve – remains. This will cause you to feel full much faster and limit your food intake. Most people lose anywhere between 50-90 pounds as a result of the surgery. 

Transform Bariatrics offers two options for gastric sleeve surgery. The first is technically considered nonsurgical since no incisions are made. The endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty uses an endoscope to enter your stomach through your mouth in order to suture off a section of your stomach in order to leave the sleeve portion remaining to function as your new stomach. 

The other option is a robotic sleeve gastroplasty. Dr. Amin uses a robotics system to enter your abdomen through a series of small abdominal incisions in order to remove 80% of your stomach. 

With both of these options, most patients will be able to go home the day of your procedure, with nearly all going home within 24 hours.

What are the benefits of gastric sleeve surgery?

If you’ve tried multiple other routes for weight loss and you haven’t reached your goal weight or you aren’t able to keep the weight off, then gastric sleeve surgery could be a great option for you. 

While a huge benefit to gastric sleeve surgery is weight loss, it isn’t the only reason it can be extremely helpful. These are some of the benefits to receiving this bariatric procedure:

Eliminates sleep apnea

Getting to a healthy and normal range can eliminate your need to sleep with a CPAP machine for your sleep apnea at night. In fact, 80-85% of those who underwent a bariatric surgery went into remission for their sleep apnea a year after their procedure.

Improves mental health

Those who struggle with obesity can often struggle with poor self-image and social isolation. But after undergoing weight-loss surgery, studies show people had a 32.7% decrease in depression.

Lowers other health risks

Studies show that weight loss surgery can help to prevent death from a stroke or hypertension. This procedure should also help your cholesterol and blood pressure levels to return to a normal range.

Differs from other weight loss surgeries

Gastric sleeve surgery is a quick procedure, especially compared to other bariatric procedures. Because it’s minimally invasive, it will also speed up your recovery time by a considerable amount. Gastric sleeve surgery differs from other procedures since it doesn’t rearrange your intestines, which means your risk of developing digestive complications is much lower.

Who qualifies for gastric sleeve surgery?

At Transform Bariatrics, you can be considered for gastric sleeve surgery if you have a BMI of at least 30. However, most insurances will require you to have a BMI of 40 or more or if you’re more than 100 pounds over your optimal weight. You can also qualify if your BMI is over 35, and you have a weight-related health issue like Type 2 diabetes or heart disease. 

If you’d like more information on gastric sleeve surgery or to see if you’d be a candidate for this procedure, you can call one of our offices located in Greenbelt and Rockville, Maryland or use our online scheduling tool to request an appointment today.