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Gastric Sleeve Specialist

Weight Loss Specialists of North Texas

Weight Loss Specialists & Bariatric Surgeons located in Denton, TX & Flower Mound, TX

Gastric sleeve surgery promotes significant weight loss without worrying about nutritional deficiencies. Dr. Folahan Ayoola at Weight Loss Specialists of North Texas was the first physician in North Texas to perform gastric sleeve surgery through one small incision hidden in the belly button, so patients don’t have to worry about scars. If you have any questions about bariatric surgery, call one of their offices in Denton, Frisco, or Flower Mound, Texas, or schedule an appointment online to determine whether you’re a good candidate for gastric sleeve weight loss surgery.

Gastric Sleeve Q & A

What is bariatric surgery?

Bariatric surgery is another name for weight loss surgery. Several types of bariatric surgery help obese people lose a significant amount of weight using one or both of these methods:

  • Restrictive: stomach size is reduced to restrict the amount of food consumed at one time
  • Malabsorptive: portion of the small intestine is bypassed so fewer calories are absorbed

Are you a good candidate for gastric sleeve surgery?

Bariatric surgery, including the gastric sleeve procedure, is not for casual dieters. Weight loss surgery is intended for people who meet the following criteria:

  • History of dieting without success or without maintaining weight loss
  • Body mass index (BMI) of 40 or above or more than 100 pounds overweight
  • BMI of 35 or higher with at least two obesity-related health conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, and heart disease

What is gastric sleeve surgery?

Gastric sleeve, or sleeve gastrectomy, is a minimally-invasive surgical procedure that removes about 80% of the stomach. The stomach that remains, which resembles a banana, only holds one to five ounces.

This type of surgery helps you lose weight by limiting the amount of food you can eat at one time, which naturally reduces calorie intake. The gastric sleeve also works by affecting your hormones.

Your stomach secretes the hormone ghrelin, which makes you hungry. Since the part of the stomach that’s removed releases ghrelin, its levels drop, and your appetite goes down.

The physicians at Weight Loss Specialists of North Texas perform three types of minimally-invasive gastric sleeve surgeries:

  • Robotic sleeve: robotic-assisted surgery means fewer incisions, less scarring, and faster recovery
  • Single-incision sleeve: procedure done through small incision hidden in the belly button, leaving no visible scar
  • Laparoscopic sleeve: standard sleeve gastrectomy, minimally invasive with quick recovery

What are the benefits of gastric sleeve surgery?

The gastric sleeve procedure does not bypass your small intestine, where many nutrients are absorbed, which means you won’t have to worry about nutrient deficiencies and taking supplements. The tube-shaped portion of the stomach that remains after surgery is resistant to stretching because it’s made from a muscular section of the stomach. However, you still need to limit food portions to maintain weight loss.

Even though gastric sleeve only uses a restrictive method, while other surgeries combine restrictive with malabsorptive, it’s still a highly successful surgery. It produces rapid and significant weight loss that’s comparable to gastric bypass, which means that you may lose 60-80% of your excess weight. Gastric sleeve surgery also improves type 2 diabetes.

Want to find out if gastric sleeve surgery is right for you? Click or call to schedule your consultation with Weight Loss Specialists of North Texas.