In the 1930s, Tarzana was known as the “Heart of Ventura Blvd.” It had a drug store, a grocery store, and a few small shops on Ventura Blvd at Reseda Blvd, surrounded by acres of small farms. A post-war boom after World War II brought prosperity to the area, and it soon became one of the “bedroom communities” of Los Angeles.
Today, Tarzana residents enjoy gracious living in a tranquil environment, with a wide variety of goods and services available, a park, a library, a country club, and medical facilities. At West Medical in Tarzana, our top surgeons perform a range of medical procedures, including gastric sleeve and weight loss surgery. If you are struggling with obesity, contact us to schedule a consultation with a knowledgeable bariatric surgeon.
What Is Gastric Sleeve Surgery?
The gastric sleeve is a popular weight loss option with a history of success. It is a restrictive bariatric procedure that permanently reduces the size of the stomach and also reduces hunger sensations. It does not involve intestinal re-routing or malabsorption (reduction of the body’s absorption of nutrients and calories).
The procedure is performed laparoscopically, with very small incisions in the abdomen and a tiny camera that allows the surgeon to view the operative site inside the body throughout the procedure. It removes approximately 80% of the stomach, leaving only a much smaller sleeve or tube as the new stomach pouch. The new pouch is stapled and the small intestine is left intact. As the portion of the stomach removed is the part that produces ghrelin, the hunger stimulating hormone, this procedure can greatly reduce hunger cravings, as well as restricting the amount of food you can eat at one time.
Gastric Sleeve Benefits
This procedure is a great option for patients who want to shed pounds and maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle but have been unable to achieve this with diet and exercise alone. Its benefits include:
- Performed laparoscopically for easier, faster recovery and minimal scarring
- Produces weight loss comparable to gastric bypass
- Decreases both the stomach size and the secretion of ghrelin
- No cross-connections or re-routing of the intestinal tract
- No implantation of a foreign object
- No adjustments required
- More weight loss than with adjustable gastric banding
- No malabsorption that can result in vitamin and mineral deficiencies
- Covered by most PPO insurance plans
Why Have Weight Loss Surgery?
Obesity-related health conditions rank among the leading causes of death in the nation. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that people with obesity have a higher risk for a number of health conditions and serious diseases, including:
- Certain types of cancer (breast, colon, kidney, gallbladder, liver, and endometrial)
- Coronary heart disease
- Type 2 diabetes
- High blood pressure
- Cholesterol problems -- high LDL, low HDL, high triglyceride levels
- Sleep apnea and breathing problems
- Osteoarthritis (breakdown of bone and cartilage within the joint)
- Anxiety, depression, and other mental disorders
- Body pain and difficulty functioning physically
- Low quality of life
Studies have shown that diet and exercise are not enough to help obese people achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Obesity is a chronic condition and a complex metabolic disorder. Part of the problem is that weight loss achieved through dieting reduces energy expenditure -- fewer calories are burned – which leads to regaining the weight you worked so hard to lose. On the other hand, weight loss achieved through bariatric surgery maintains or enhances energy expenditure, which makes it easier to maintain the weight loss you have achieved and continue progressing toward a healthy weight.
When combined with a comprehensive treatment plan, weight loss surgery can be an effective tool to help patients lose weight and improve their health and quality of life. Research has shown that bariatric surgery improves or resolves many weight-related health conditions, including Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Gastric Sleeve Surgery?
Not everyone who is overweight qualifies for gastric sleeve surgery. Generally, the procedure is recommended for patients 18 years of age or older with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher. Patients with a BMI of 35 or higher may also qualify if they have one or more serious weight-related health conditions, such as diabetes, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, or asthma. Psychological readiness is also a factor. To qualify, patients must also have the right attitude toward food, exercise, and health.
Gastric Sleeve Surgeons in Tarzana
The easiest and safest way to find out if you are a good candidate for gastric sleeve surgery is to consult with a knowledgeable bariatric surgeon. At West Medical in Tarzana, we are ready to get you started on your road to improved health and better quality of life. Your first step is contact us to schedule an initial consultation. Our dedicated medical team can craft a treatment plan specifically for you.
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