The Sleeve Gastrectomy
How a sleeve gastrectomy works to help you lose weight
During this procedure, 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. It allows for normal digestion and absorption. Food consumed passes through the digestive tract in the usual order, allowing it to be fully absorbed in the body.
The majority of weight loss sleeve gastrectomies performed today use a laparoscopic technique, which is considered minimally invasive. Laparoscopic surgery usually results in a shorter hospital stay, faster recovery, smaller scars, and less pain than open surgical procedures. The length of time of the surgery varies. My operation takes about one to one and a half hours.
After surgery, patients are monitored at The New Iberia Surgery Center for four to five hours. Patients usually return to normal activities in 2 weeks and are fully recovered in 3 weeks.
Post Operative Patient Care
Dr. Borland’s patients receive the utmost attentive care as Dr. Borland has over thirty years of experience in service of Bariatric Surgery and Wound Care; providing unique post-operative care to his patients with one-on-one follow-up visits. Dr. Borland guarantees his patients receive a visit from him without having to leave the comforts of their room, so Dr. Borland does promise to make local house calls. Patients traveling to Dr. Borland for a gastric sleeve procedure can rest in their hotel room comfortably assured that Dr. Borland will provide a follow-up visit to them in person. While this is an outpatient procedure, patients can expect a duration of 2-3 days rest following the procedure.