The sleeve gastrectomy is a powerful tool to help patients lose weight!  However, as with any procedure here are some advantages and disadvantages:

Advantages of VSG

    • Since there is no mechanical device, there are fewer food intolerances with vertical sleeve than with LAP BAND or REALIZE BAND.
    • Weight loss is much faster with sleeve than with LAP BAND or REALIZE BAND.
    • Removal of the portion of stomach that secretes the hormone ghrelin can result in better hunger control than with LAP BAND.
    • There is no implantable device, so things like slips and erosions aren’t a concern down the road with the vertical sleeve gastrectomy.
    • The risk is lower risk than with gastric bypass, yet the weight loss is similar.
    • Since there is no device to adjust, the follow-up regimen not as intense as for LAP-BAND or REALIZE BAND.
  • If weight regain occurs it can easily be converted to bypass which will likely lead to additional weight loss.

Disadvantages of VSG

    • Since this is a newer procedure it is less time-tested.
    • Unlike the Lap Band, it is non-adjustable.
    • Unlike the Lap Band, it is non-reversible.
  • The short-term risk is slightly higher than with Lap Band.

Operation Details

    • The surgery usually takes us less than an hour to perform and it is done with six tiny incisions that add up altogether to about 2.5 total inches.
    • Many patients are able to go home the day of surgery!
    • Diet is advanced slowly, starting with clear liquids and ending at soft solid foods by week four.
    • Most patients will lose about 60-70% of their excess body weight in a year.
  • At $14,900 including 2 years of post op office care, we have one of the most competitive prices for self pay sleeve patients in the region.

JourneyLite surgeons have performed more laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomies (over 3000) than any other practice in Ohio!

The sleeve gastrectomy is also a good revision procedure for band patients who have had either failed weight loss or had to have their band removed. We have performed this procedure for patients from all over the country and have had excellent results.

If you are a self-pay patient and want info on pricing and financing for sleeve gastrectomy, click here!

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