Until now two surgical option existed to help with weight loss, gastric bypass surgery and the lap band.
But now there's a new option. The Laparoscopic Sleeve. It recently replaced the adjustable gastric banding in popularity. Dr. William Rizk at Midlands Clinic says the sleeve is less invasive and is technically easier to perform.
"We can usually do the surgery between forty-five minutes and an hour, and the patients usually just stay over one night," said Dr. Rizk. "The results are significantly better than the lap-band."
The clinic started performing these surgeries in May of this year. Since then, they've had thirteen patients that have chosen the sleeve gastrectomy over Gastric Bypass and gastric banding.
"What we do with this surgery is we remove approximately 80 percent of the stomach," said Dr. Rizk. "We use a special Laparoscopic stapling instrument. This instrument staples off each side and divides in the middle and at the end we remove this part of the stomach, leaving the sleeve."
He adds that the surgery works so well because the hunger hormone cells are removed with part of the stomach. Diminishing the sense of hunger.
Midlands Clinic's Dr. Keith Vollstedt has also performed the sleeve procedure and says if mixed with the weight loss support and nutrition education offered by the Midlands Clinic, patients can find success.
"Education after the operation, we feel our patients are very successful," said Dr. Vollstedt "It's above the national average."
Help, the doctors hope, will put their patients on the path to a healthy life.
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