Too many people are struggling with obesity in Bakersfield, as well as the rest of the nation. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that more than 36% of adults in the U.S. are obese. Research has shown that diet, exercise, and conservative methods may not be enough for obese people to gain control over their weight, health, and quality of life. Men and women with severe obesity may feel trapped in a cycle of trying to lose weight with various diets, only to gain back more weight in the end.
Dietary weight loss reduces energy expenditure (calories burned) to lower levels, which often leads to regaining all the weight that was lost on a diet and more. With gastric sleeve and other bariatric surgeries, however, hormonal changes after the procedure can actually increase energy expenditure. This gives weight loss surgery patients an advantage in losing weight and keeping it off.
At West Medical in Bakersfield, our skilled bariatric surgeons provide exceptional care in gastric sleeve surgery and a full range of weight loss surgical procedures. We keep up with technological advances and provide our patients with cutting-edge treatments and comprehensive, compassionate care. If you are tired of fighting a losing battle with obesity, schedule a consultation with our Bakersfield physician to discuss gastric sleeve surgery and other treatment options.
What Is Gastric Sleeve Surgery?
Gastric sleeve is a bariatric procedure so named because the stomach is reduced in size and changed to a sleeve-like shape, comparable in size to a banana. This procedure involves only the stomach, decreasing its size and capacity by approximately 85%. Gastric sleeve encourages eating smaller portions, discourages overeating, and produces hormonal changes conducive to weight loss.
The surgery is performed laparoscopically and is typically less complicated than other bariatric procedures. Small incisions are made in the abdomen and a large section of the stomach is portioned off with staples, effectively removing it from the digestive system.
Having a much smaller stomach helps patients eat smaller portions, feel full faster, and consume fewer calories. Additionally, the part of the stomach removed in this procedure is the part that produces ghrelin – the hormone that makes you feel hungry on a low-calorie diet or when the stomach is empty. With exercise and healthy eating, many patients are able to lose more than half of their excess weight and keep it off after gastric sleeve surgery.
Benefits of Gastric Sleeve Surgery
Gastric sleeve surgery is a great alternative to gastric bypass or duodenal switch. It is a largely successful weight loss treatment with benefits, including:
- Laparoscopic procedure with small incisions and minimal scarring
- Quicker, easier recovery
- Does not require implantation of a gastric band
- No malabsorption that can lead to vitamin or mineral deficiency
- No need for periodic adjustments
- Patients feel full faster with less appetite
- More than 50% average excess weight loss
- Helps patients lose weight and keep it off in the long run
One of the most important benefits of gastric sleeve and other weight loss procedures is the reduction or remission of obesity-related diseases. Bariatric surgery often results in massive weight loss and can improve or resolve serious health conditions related to obesity, including high blood pressure, sleep apnea, asthma, and Type 2 diabetes.
Studies have shown that people with severe obesity who have bariatric surgery have a much lower risk of death than severely obese people who do not. One large population study found a reduction in death associated with diabetes of greater than 90% and a reduction in death from heart disease of greater than 50% among bariatric surgery patients.
Bakersfield Gastric Sleeve Surgeons
Also known as vertical sleeve gastrectomy or sleeve gastrectomy, the gastric sleeve is one of the most popular and successful bariatric surgery options. It can help patients lose significant amounts of weight and reduce the risk of obesity-related, life-threatening health conditions.
This is a long-term treatment plan for shedding excess pounds, eating the right foods and portions, and maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle. If you are considering the gastric sleeve procedure, call us at West Medical in Bakersfield. We can answer all your questions and help you determine if gastric sleeve surgery is the best weight loss treatment option for you.
Bakersfield: A Sunny City
Residents of Bakersfield enjoy more clear days than most people in the America, with an average of 191 sunny days a year. Although there is abundant green, leafy vegetation, the climate is essentially desert, with brief cool, moist winters and long, hot, dry summers. It only snows in Bakersfield approximately once in every 20 or 30 years. With rainfall averaging only 6.5 inches a year and typically no rain at all from May through September, Bakersfield citizens are able to enjoy warm springs and long, mild autumns.
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