Recent Studies Show Sleeve Gastrectomy is Safer Alternative to Traditional Weight-Loss Surgeries
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – In its continued efforts to offer qualified patients the most advanced and effective surgical weight-loss surgery, the new Center for Weight Loss Surgery at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center announced that it is now performing the Laparoscopic Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy for the treatment of morbid obesity.
The Laparoscopic Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy procedure (also known as Gastric Sleeve) involves surgically narrowing the stomach to the width of a garden hose. The resulting small, narrow stomach helps patients eat much smaller portions of food. Food consumed passes through the digestive tract in the usual order, where it is fully absorbed in the body with no need to take protein supplements as in gastric bypass surgery. In addition, the procedure is shown to result in decreased hunger after surgery.
“We are excited to offer the Gastric Sleeve to our patients in order to help them significantly improve their quality of life. It is a relatively new procedure in the bariatric surgery field, but the short and medium term clinical results are very encouraging,” said Amir Mehran, MD, FACS, FASMBS, bariatric surgeon and co-director of the Center for Weight Loss Surgery at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center. “Recent studies show impressive surgical outcomes and low complication rates. It offers many of the benefits of the other standard weight-loss procedures without their potential side effects and complications.”
In 2012, several studies were presented at the 29th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery and they found that the 30-day mortality rate for the sleeve gastrectomy was 0.08 percent, while the rate for gastric bypass was 0.14 percent. These mortality and complication rates are lower than those associated with gallbladder or hip replacement surgery. In a second study, researchers from Cleveland Clinic Florida reviewed safety outcomes of more than 2,400 of their patients who had sleeve gastrectomy, gastric bypass or bariatric and metabolic surgery between 2005 and 2011. This study found sleeve gastrectomy had the lowest complication and reoperation rates of the three procedures. The percentage of procedures requiring reoperations due to complications was 15.3 percent for the gastric band, 7.7 percent for gastric bypass and 1.5 percent for sleeve gastrectomy.
“While it is imperative for our program to remain on the cutting-edge, it is even more important that we prioritize the safety of our patients by providing clinically proven procedures and ensuring that they have been thoroughly prepared and educated prior to surgery,” explained Donald Waldrep, MD, FACS, FASMBS, bariatric surgeon and co-director of the Center for Weight Loss Surgery at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center.
For more information about the Center for Weight Loss Surgery at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center or to schedule an appointment, please call 1-877-888-5746 or log on to www.losrobleshospital.com.