Metro Bariatrics - Amir Moazzez MD, FACS

Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy

Laparoscopic Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Laparoscopic Gastric Sleeve Surgery is a minimally invasive, restrictive procedure that works in two complimentary ways to encourage weight loss. Both beneficial features stem from the reduction in stomach size, which is the main component of the treatment. This popular bariatric surgical option, available from our weight loss surgery practice serving the Washington, DC and northern Virginia area, permanently reduces the size of the stomach by 60 to 80 percent limiting food intake capabilities. It further diminishes the patient’s craving for food, by removing the section of the stomach that produces the hormone that causes the feeling of hunger.

According to published scientific research, a hormone called Gherelin not only makes people feel hungry, but also slows metabolism and decreases the body’s ability to burn fat. The removal of the section of the stomach that contains this hormone results in an increase in the body’s metabolic rate and its fat burning capabilities, as well as decreasing the patient’s appetite. The elimination of Gherelin, coupled with the physical reduction in the stomach’s capacity to store food takes effort out of the weight loss process allowing it to occur seemingly naturally. Patients across the U.S., including Washington DC, Virginia and Maryland residents can often expect 30 to 60% excess weight loss within 12 months of the operation.

Instead of an open procedure using a large incision, this weight loss surgery is laparoscopic in nature. Performed through tiny incisions using a surgical telescope or laparoscope it is considered minimally invasive leading to shorter recovery time and less scarring. The laparoscope is connected to a video monitor to increase visibility during surgery. In the first stage of the operation a tube out of the stomach is created using staples. The portion of the stomach that is stapled out is then removed. This results in a small sized stomach, which takes a shape of a “sleeve” or a “banana” or a “tube”. Though the stomach is smaller, openings are left intact so digestion can continue normally. The continuance of natural digestion eliminates the risk of food moving through the system to quickly or “dumping”. The digestive tract remaining complete also keeps complication risks at a minimum.

After surgery, most food items can still be consumed, but in smaller quantities. Typically, appetite is immediately diminished, so patients fill up on small meals. Gastric Sleeve Surgery is solely restrictive and not a malabsorptive bariatric treatment, so nutrients consumed continue to be well-absorbed by the body leaving little risk of malnutrition. Usually performed as an outpatient procedure this bridge to permanent weight loss is easily accessible to patients in Virginia, Maryland and the Washington DC areas.

Contact our bariatric surgeons at Inova Bariatric for more information, or to schedule a consultation for gastric sleeve surgery.