Robotic Laparoscopic Gastric Sleeve in Birmingham, AL
Birmingham’s Leaders in Sleeve Gastrectomy
Sleeve gastrectomy induces weight loss by restricting food intake. With this procedure, the surgeon removes approximately 75-80 percent of the stomach laparoscopically so that the stomach takes the shape of a tube or “sleeve”. Dr. CAmeron Askew is a board-certified surgeon specializing in weight loss procedures. If you are interested in learning more about sleeve gastrectomy and want to find out if you are a candidate, call (205) 874-9780 to request an appointment at our weight loss surgery office today!
How does Sleeve Gastrectomy Work?
Studies have shown that Ghrelin, a hunger regulating hormone, is reduced following this operation. This is due to the removal of a segment of the stomach which is responsible for Ghrelin production. This results in superior weight loss due to appetite suppression. Most patients lose 60-70% of their excess body weight following sleeve gastrectomy.
What is the Difference Between Gastric Bypass and Sleeve Gastrectomy?
Unlike gastric bypass, there is no Malabsorptive component to this operation, so the possibility of protein and vitamin malnutrition is much less. The sleeve also does not involve cutting or sewing the small intestine and therefore minimizes potential future complications with the intestines. Some patients with Gastroesophageal reflux disease may have worsening of their symptoms postop.
Board-certified general surgeon, Dr. Cameron Askew received her bariatric training during residency under several of the best bariatric surgeons in the state. Dr. Askew is committed to surgical excellence by using the least-invasive, and most-effective means to care for her patients. She has a strong compassion for and commitment to obesity and weight-loss surgery as obesity is the #1 healthcare issue of our society. Call our office in Birmingham, AL today to see if Robotic Laparoscopic Gastric Sleeve is right for you!
Sleeve Gastrectomy is Associated with improvement or full resolution of all of the following:
- High Blood Pressure
- Sleep Apnea
- Arthritic Pain
- Urinary Incontinence
Weight Loss Surgery has also been shown to decrease the risk of developing certain cancers such as Ovarian, Breast, Uterine and Colon Cancer.
There are risks to sleeve gastrectomy including leaks, bleeding, stricture and anesthesia-related risks; however, these risks are low and are weighed against the benefits of the surgery. The benefits are strongly felt to outweigh the risks in the large majority of patients, but surgery is not for everyone. Please attend one of our bariatric seminars for more detailed information.