Gastric Sleeve

Gastric Sleeve
Gastric sleeve surgery is a procedure that restricts the capacity of the patient’s stomach. Many people in the West Richland, Washington area come to Dr. Earl Fox and his team looking for lasting solutions to their weight loss struggles and a path back to a healthy lifestyle.
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Gastric Sleeve

by Earl Fox, MD

How does gastric sleeve surgery work?

When it comes to gastric sleeve surgery, surgeons have a number of options. In some cases, this procedure is done by way of a large incision in the patient’s abdomen. The surgeon is then able to surgically remove a portion of the patient’s stomach, leaving behind a tube-shaped section that looks something like a banana. The remaining stomach is in the shape of a vertical sleeve, which is why the procedure is called gastric sleeve surgery. Once the stomach has been reshaped, the surgeon uses staples to close the incision, and the healing process can begin. In many cases, this entire procedure can be done via a laparoscopic approach, which requires only a small incision and makes use of a very small camera to allow the surgeon to see the inside of the body to complete the procedure.

What is life like after gastric sleeve surgery?

Patients who go through this procedure will have a period of healing immediately afterward. They will likely require pain medication for the first few days following the procedure. From that point onward, patients will notice that it takes far less food to reach a state of fullness, and they must adjust their eating habits accordingly. Some patients will experience diarrhea and mild nausea due to their food emptying into their intestines at a faster than normal rate. Depending on whether the patient had open or laparoscopic surgery, they may need to restrict their physical activities until the healing process is complete.

Are there risks associated with gastric sleeve surgery?

Any time that a surgical procedure is performed, there is a risk of complications and infection. At Greater Columbia Bariatric Surgeons, the surgical team ensures that all procedures are performed under the strictest standards and in a sterile environment. This helps reduce the risk of the introduction of bacteria into the patient’s body, lowering the risk of infection. Having performed more than 2,000 bariatric surgical procedures, Dr. Earl Fox is highly skilled and has the expertise to complete a wide range of bariatric surgeries with the best possible patient outcomes.

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