In a robotic sleeve gastrectomy, about 60 to 80 percent of the stomach is removed. This creates a sleeve shape. By reducing the size of the stomach, you will feel full eating less as the stomach is now smaller and can’t hold as much food. This procedure, provided by Manatee Weight Loss Center, can help you lose weight while still absorbing the full amount of nutrients in your food. Sleeve gastrectomy has a lower complication rate than gastric bypass surgery. This surgery also requires a shorter hospital stay than other weight-loss procedures.
How Is It Done?
During a robotic gastrectomy, surgeons make a few small incisions in the abdomen and are assisted by a robotic platform to help perform the surgery. The surgeon controls the system, making it just as useful as a more traditional surgical instrument.
A camera enables the surgeon to see inside the body while using tools to cut part of the stomach vertically into two sections. The larger section is removed and the remaining stomach is stapled shut, which creates the sleeve shape.
In a sleeve gastrectomy, there is no surgery needed on the small intestine and food progresses naturally through your digestive system.
This procedure is typically performed using the da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System. Robotic-assisted surgery provides surgeons with much improved visualization and greater dexterity, and it's a less invasive approach compared to traditional open surgeries. Benefits to the patient can include smaller incisions, less blood loss and quicker recovery.
Watch Dr. Stelios Rekkas perform a sleeve gastrectomy on a real patient. Warning: This video contains graphic images of a surgical procedure. Viewer discretion is advised.
What Are the Advantages of a Sleeve Gastrectomy?
After a sleeve gastrectomy, you will feel hungry less often. Most patients can expect to lose 60 to 80 percent of excess body weight within one to two years after the procedure.
Unlike gastric bypass surgery, the procedure doesn’t require the intestines to be detached or rerouted. You will still absorb the full amount of nutrients and minerals from your food. Losing weight can help cure obesity-related diseases including diabetes, hypertension and sleep apnea.
With the sleeve gastrectomy procedure being minimally invasive, most patients can expect a shorter hospital stay, less pain and fewer complications, lower risk of infection and a quicker recovery than traditional surgery.
Is Sleeve Gastrectomy Right for Me?
Many factors such as your health and weight-loss goals will determine if you are a qualified candidate for laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy. Attend a free educational seminar to learn more about the benefits and possible risks of the bariatric surgeries available at Manatee Weight Loss Center.
Watch this video to learn more about the procedure.
The postoperative diet guide details a specific diet plant to help patients heal after weight-loss surgery. The guide helps you determine what kind of food you should eat and what you should avoid at certain steps throughout your journey.
Once you are cleared to eat solids again, it’s very important to follow an eating plan that helps manage your weight. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, here are some tips for a healthy eating plan:
- Emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products
- Includes a variety of protein foods such as seafood, lean meats and poultry, eggs, legumes (beans and peas), soy products, nuts, and seeds
- Is low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt (sodium), and added sugars
- Stays within your daily calorie needs
Weight Loss Surgery at Manatee Weight Loss Center
Robotic weight loss surgery, including robotic-assisted gastric sleeve surgery, could be for you. It is important to determine which type of surgery best fits your unique needs. Losing weight can help prevent numerous health problems. Additional patient information explaining the weight-loss surgery process at Manatee Weight Loss Center can be found here.
Whether it is gastric sleeve robotic surgery or robotic gastric bypass surgery, Manatee Weight Loss Center is here for you. Please make sure to visit our Frequently Asked Questions section as well.
If you are interested in learning more about bariatric robotic surgery at Manatee Weight Loss Center, please reach out to us today. Located in Bradenton, Florida, the weight-loss professionals at Manatee Weight Loss Center have provided numerous patient success stories.
Manatee Weight Loss Center’s team of weight-loss professionals have the resources to answer any questions you may have about robotic bariatric surgery, as well as determine which method may be right for you.
Individual results may vary. There are risks associated with any surgical procedure. Talk with your doctor about these risks to find out if bariatric surgery is right for you.