WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY
Like many of our patients, you may have struggled with your weight for most of your life. Weight loss shouldn’t be a struggle, but sometimes, shedding those extra pounds can be difficult.
At Hattiesburg Clinic Weight Management, we offer a full-range of safe and effective weight loss procedures, including a minimally invasive weight loss surgery known as Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy.
Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy – often called vertical sleeve or gastric sleeve surgery – is a bariatric procedure that removes approximately 75-85% of the stomach, causing the stomach to take on the shape of a tube or “sleeve.” The reduction in stomach volume causes people to feel full much quicker after surgery.
Gastric sleeve surgery, which is the most commonly performed bariatric procedure worldwide, is performed by our board certified bariatric surgeons, Neal T. Holm, MD, and Daniel H. Smith, MD, of Hattiesburg Clinic General Surgery.
The surgeon will make approximately five to six small incisions, instead of one large incision, in the abdominal wall then inserts a small camera, called a laparoscope, that sends pictures to a monitor. The surgeon will then insert other medical instruments through the additional cuts and remove 75% of your stomach. Finally, the surgeon reattaches the rest of your stomach to form the banana-sized stomach or “sleeve.”
Who is eligible?
Weight loss surgery is for patients with a body mass index (BMI) greater than 40 or a BMI between 35 and 39 with at least one co-morbidity, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea, hypertension, NAFLD/NASH and degenerative disc/joint disease.