Gastric Sleeve Surgery
Leading the Way in New Weight Loss Procedures
The gastric sleeve procedure (also called vertical sleeve gastrectomy or
VSG) has quickly become one of the leading new surgical weight loss options
for patients in the last 10 years. The N.E.W. Program has extensive experience
performing the gastric sleeve procedure with excellent results. In fact,
Dr. Brian Quebbemann was the first surgeon in the world to perform the
gastric sleeve procedure using the “Scarless” SPIDER technique.
The gastric sleeve originally was the first stage of a two-stage procedure,
however, patients who had just gone through the “sleeve” part
of the surgery showed excellent weight loss results—without ever
needing the second part of the process.
Who Should Undergo Gastric Sleeve?
Individuals with low BMI may qualify for the gastric sleeve procedure.
Reasons patients may consider gastric sleeve surgery over other options:
- They are concerned with the long-term side effects of gastric bypass
- They do not want to have an artificial device attached to their stomach
- They do not want to have to come in for adjustments
- They are interested in a minimally invasive, virtually “scarless” surgery
How Does the Sleeve Work?
Like the gastric bypass, the gastric sleeve helps patients lose weight
by causing them to “feel full” with smaller amounts of food.
It reduces the size of the stomach by about 80 percent and removes a portion
of the stomach that produces hormones that cause hunger, which significantly
reduces how much a person needs to eat before they feel full.
The gastric sleeve has been shown to be safe and effective in patients
with a BMI greater than 30. It is a non-reversible weight loss procedure
that serves as an excellent option for many patients that do not want
Similar to gastric bypass, a gastric sleeve will also make a patient feel
full earlier when eating, however, there is not bypass involved in the
stomach or intestine. In comparison to gastric banding, the gastric sleeve
procedure involves no artificial device and no need for adjustments.