At the nationally recognized Berkshire Center for Weight Loss Surgery, we offer a full range of weight loss surgery options, including sleeve gastrectomy (also called gastric sleeve surgery). Our board-certified surgeon, Andrew Lederman, MD, FACS, FASMBS, performs the procedure laparoscopically, which may offer less pain and scarring, fewer complications, a shorter hospital stay and faster recovery.
During laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, a thin vertical sleeve of stomach is created using a stapling device, and the rest of the stomach is removed. The sleeve is about the size of a banana. This procedure limits the amount of food you can eat and helps you feel full sooner. Food passes through the digestive tract in the usual order, allowing it to be fully absorbed in the body. Because a portion of your stomach is removed, this procedure is not reversible.
Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy has been proven to be a reliable solution for major weight loss. Generally, patients lose around 60 percent of their excess weight, and, like gastric bypass, the procedure offers more immediate results compared to Lap-Band (adjustable gastric band) surgery.
Gastric sleeve is usually safe, offers significant improvement in weight-related medical problems (like type diabetes and high blood pressure) and allows for long-term maintenance. As with all weight loss procedures, success is dependent on making and maintaining important lifestyle changes, as well as regular follow up appointments with Dr. Lederman.
Risks of laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy include deficiencies in vitamins, minerals and iron; metabolic bone disease due to the lack of calcium in the diet; and chronic anemia due to vitamin B12 deficiency. Dr. Lederman will discuss all of these risks in detail with you before deciding to proceed with surgery.
Berkshire Medical Center is proud to offer our life-changing bariatric surgery program to the Pittsfield, Albany and surrounding communities we love to serve.
If you think you may be a candidate for gastric sleeve, join us for a free seminar, hosted by Dr. Lederman and Jodi Szczepaniak, Bariatric Nurse Practitioner. They will walk through weight management and surgical solutions, and see if a bariatric procedure may be right for you.
Call (413) 395-751 or RSVP here for an upcoming bariatric surgery seminar.