Bariatric surgeons at North Mississippi Medical Center primarily perform laparoscopic vertical sleeve gastrectomy.
This surgery offers improved health and weight loss, and also helps the patient reach his/her weight loss goal as long as the proper diet and exercise regimen is followed.
We require the patient to be over the age of 21, generally in good health, and meet the National Institute of Health (NIH) recommendations for bariatric surgery. The NIH recommends bariatric surgery for those individuals with a BMI greater than <4O or a BMI greater than 35 with obesity related co-morbidities and who are not successful in losing weight by other means.
Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy
Laparoscopic vertical sleeve gastrectomy promotes weight loss by restricting the amount of food that may be consumed without bypassing the stomach or part of the small intestine. The surgeon removes part of the stomach and forms a new stomach pouch. This procedure helps to reduce hunger by possibly eliminating some of the GI hormones responsible for the hunger pains. The stomach is reduced in volume but functions normally, so most food items can be eaten but only in smaller portions.
Vertical sleeve gastrectomy is a good option for people at higher risk for other bariatric procedures because of anemia, Crohn’s disease or other conditions.
What Surgery Will Achieve
We consider weight loss of more than approximately 30-50 percent of pre-surgery weight a good result. For instance, a person weighing 300 pounds who loses 90 pounds would be considered to have a good weight loss result. We hope and expect approximately 85-90 percent of patients to achieve good to excellent results.
The average patient loses about 30-35 percent of the pre-surgery weight, but weight loss varies from person to person. A distinct majority of patients will reach a truly normal weight. Successful weight loss reduces or resolves high blood sugar levels in diabetic patients and decreases or eliminates elevated blood pressure in approximately 90 percent of hypertensive patients. But, results depend on each individual and are not guaranteed.