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Sleeve gastrectomy is the fastest-growing type of weight loss surgery in the United States. Candidates for this procedure typically have a Body Mass Index above 40.
Sleeve gastrectomy, also called vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG), is surgery that reduces your stomach to about a quarter of its size, resulting in a sleeve-shaped pouch.
This helps you lose weight in two ways: it limits the amount of food you can eat and also reduces the amount of the hunger-causing hormone Ghrelin present in the stomach.
After surgery, patients can expect to experience rapid weight loss for six months to a year. Other weight-related conditions may improve or disappear, including, hypertension, arthritis, venous stasis disease, certain types of headaches, heartburn, sleep apnea and many other disorders.
This procedure is performed laparoscopically, a minimally invasive technique that offers smaller incisions, minimal pain and faster recovery or through a robotic procedure that allows for more precise control of the instruments and faster healing time.
Einstein offers sleeve gastrectomy in Montgomery County at Einstein Medical Center Elkins Park and Einstein Medical Center Montgomery.
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