During a sleeve gastrectomy, a surgeon permanently removes about 60 to 80 percent of the stomach. The part of the stomach that remains connects to your esophagus and small intestine, forming the shape of a sleeve. This procedure offers an alternative to those who are at a high risk of gastric bypass surgery, or those who want to avoid having artificial items, such as the Lap-Band®, in their bodies.
Reducing the size of the stomach greatly limits the amount of food it can hold, helping you feel full from eating less. Following this procedure, you can lose weight and still absorb the full amount of nutrients from the food you eat. As you start to lose weight, your energy may start to rise, which can contribute to a more active lifestyle.
How it’s done
During a robotic gastrectomy, surgeons make a few small incisions in the abdomen and are assisted by a robotic platform to help perform the surgery. A camera enables the surgeon to see inside the body while using tools to cut the stomach vertically into two sections. The larger section is removed and the remaining stomach is stapled shut, which creates the sleeve shape.
In a sleeve gastrectomy, there is no surgery needed on the small intestine and food progresses naturally through your digestive system.
This procedure is typically performed using the da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System. Robotic-assisted surgery provides surgeons with much improved visualization and greater dexterity, and it's a less invasive approach compared to traditional open surgeries. Benefits to the patient can include smaller incisions, less blood loss and quicker recovery.
What are the advantages to the Robotic Sleeve Gastrectomy?
Surgeons remove the part of the stomach that is the main producer of hunger hormones. Once it’s gone, you’ll feel hungry less often. A subdued appetite combined with a smaller stomach will help you lose weight. Most patients can expect to lose 60 to 70 percent of excess body weight over one to two years after the procedure. Compared to gastric bypass surgery, the procedure itself is less invasive because the intestines are not detached or rerouted. You are also able to absorb the full amount of nutrients and minerals the body needs from the food you eat. In most cases, laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy surgery can also cure obesity-related diseases such as diabetes, hypertension or sleep apnea.
The minimally invasive nature of this procedure can result in a variety of other benefits including:
- A shorter hospital stay
- Less pain or fewer complications after surgery
- Lower risk of infection
- Quicker recovery to start your new active lifestyle
Is Robotic Sleeve Gastrectomy right for me?
As with any surgical procedure, there are risks involved with robotic sleeve gastrectomy. Experience matters and the surgeon at the Texoma Medical Center helps patients achieve better outcomes with each procedure they perform. It’s important to attend our free education seminar to learn about the benefits as well as the risk of this procedure.
For more details about the benefits and risks of robotic sleeve gastrectomy surgery, contact our office at 903-416-6490.