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Understanding Sleeve Gastrectomy

Dr. Frank Veninga provides sleeve gastrectomy for patients in Dallas and surrounding communities. During sleeve gastrectomy, Dr. Veninga reduces the capacity of the stomach by removing a large section of the organ, thereby decreasing the patient's appetite. Sleeve gastrectomy has many advantages for patients, but it is important to weigh all your treatment options before undergoing the procedure since the surgery is not reversible. To determine whether or not this procedure is the most appropriate weight loss surgery option for you, including your candidacy for single incision sleeve gastrectomy, please consult with our surgeon, Dr. Veninga.

The Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy Procedure

The vertical sleeve gastrectomy procedure is a weight loss surgery option that does not involve a bypass of the intestinal tract. Sleeve gastrectomy preserves the stomach's natural structures, thereby allowing the stomach to function normally. In this procedure, Dr. Veninga removes more than 85 percent of the stomach so that a smaller, cylindrical stomach remains. While the stomach continues to function as normal, patients lose weight due to a reduced stomach capacity and a decrease in appetite. Because there is no intestinal bypass associated with this procedure, it is much safer than other treatment options. However, it should be noted that the procedure is not reversible.

Before and After the Procedure

Before sleeve gastrectomy, patients will undergo a complete physical exam. One week prior to the surgery date, patients are scheduled for lab work, chest X-ray, EKG, and any other tests Dr. Veninga may order. Dr. Veninga will also evaluate the patient to ensure that other medical problems, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart or lung problems, are under control. 

After the surgery, patients will drink clear liquids (chicken or beef broth, sugar-free gelatin and ice pops, etc.) for the first week. After Dr. Veninga determines that clear liquids are being tolerated sufficiently, then the patient moves on to soft foods of a pureed consistency (blended fruit smoothies, blended soups, cooked carrots, etc.) During this second phase, high-protein supplements are added in to the diet as well. The third phase includes semi-solid foods like soft, flaky fish, toast and crackers, and mashed fruit. The fourth phase includes solid foods, and common sense will dictate food choices. Portions should be kept small, but at least three ounces of protein should be included with each meal.

To lose weight and avoid complications, patients need to follow the exercise and eating guidelines from Dr. Veninga. Patients will also have frequent medical checkups in the first several months after gastric sleeve surgery.

Consultations with Dr. Frank Veninga

Dr. Veninga is dedicated to providing patients with the information they need to make an informed decision about bariatric surgery. In your private consultation at our office near Dallas, Plano, and Lewisville, you will learn about your treatment options. Dr. Veninga will explain the differences between procedures as well as the risks and benefits of each so you can decide which treatment will best meet your needs. The decision to undergo bariatric surgery is often a difficult one, and it is important to Dr. Veninga and our practice that you choose an option that will help you lead a more healthy and enjoyable life for years to come. Please contact our practice to schedule a consultation with Dr. Veninga or consider attending a support group meeting or pre-operative informational lecture.

Contact Us to Learn More 

Dr. Veninga is happy to explain your bariatric surgery options during a personal consultation. To schedule a meeting with Dr. Veninga to discuss sleeve gastrectomy, please contact our practice today. Dr. Veninga will be able to answer all of your questions and address any concerns you may have at this time.

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