601 264 6000


Can You Lose That Weight?

Struggling with Weight Loss? Weight Loss Surgery May Be Right for You.

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, or weight loss, 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 is what causes people to feel full much quicker after surgery.

Sleeve Gastrectomy illustration  |  Source: American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric 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 Procedure

The surgeon will make approximately five to six small incisions, instead of one large incision, in the abdominal wall then insert a small camera, called a laparoscope, that sends pictures of the abdominal organs. 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.”

Gastric Sleeve Steps  |  Source: UCLA Department of Surgery

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 or degenerative disc/joint disease.


Gastric sleeve surgery offers a host of benefits, including:

  • Improved quality of life
  • Excess weight loss of about 60-70% within one year of surgery
  • Favorable changes in gut hormones that suppress hunger and reduce appetite
  • Remission or improvement of obesity-related health conditions, such as:
    • Heart disease
    • High blood pressure
    • High cholesterol
    • Obstructive sleep apnea
    • Type 2 diabetes
    • Stroke
    • Infertility

For those interested in weight loss surgery benefits, speak with your doctor or primary care physician to see if you are a candidate. A physician referral is required for weight loss surgery. The department also offers a weight loss program is also available that does not include surgery.

For more on Hattiesburg Clinic Weight Management and its services, call (601) 296-2833 or visit hattiesburgclinic.com.

At Hattiesburg Clinic Weight Management, we are committed to you and your journey. We strive to help patients achieve their weight loss goals and improve their overall health.


Hattiesburg Clinic Weight Management provides specialized care to individuals who have an increased body mass, with the goal to improve health by addressing excess weight as a chronic disease.

Bariatric Surgery Procedures: ASMBS. (n.d.). https://asmbs.org/patients/bariatric-surgery-procedures

Dansinger, M. (2018, December 25). Gastric Sleeve Surgery for Weight Loss: Procedure, Risks, Recovery. https://www.webmd.com/diet/obesity/what-is-gastric-sleeve-weight-loss-surgery

Sleeve gastrectomy. (2020, October 10). https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/sleeve-gastrectomy/about/pac-20385183

Lance Ganey


view all posts