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Achieve Your Lifestyle Goals with Minimally Invasive Single-incision Sleeve Gastrectomy

woman runningIf you have struggled with obesity and have tried unsuccessfully to lose weight through lifestyle changes like diet and exercise, a surgical weight loss procedure may be necessary to help you improve your quality of life. Dr. Frank Veninga offers vertical sleeve gastrectomy, a procedure that dramatically reduces the capacity of the stomach. As a result, a patient's appetite will be naturally reduced, helping him or her to feel full sooner and for a longer period of time. Dr. Veninga offers an exciting new advancement in minimally invasive surgical techniques, single-incision sleeve gastrectomy, at our Dallas practice. This approach uses sophisticated robotic surgical tools, and results in minimized downtime and scarring, among many other important advantages. To learn more about your candidacy for the procedure, as well as our additional bariatric surgeries, book an appointment at our office today. 

What is a Sleeve Gastrectomy?

Similar to stomach banding, a vertical sleeve gastrectomy reduces a patient's caloric intake by decreasing the amount of food the stomach can comfortably hold. At the same time, gherlin (the hormone that is responsible for producing feelings of hunger) is produced in smaller amounts.

Unlike banding, which uses a silicone ring that can be removed if a patient chooses, the results of this type of bariatric surgery are permanent. During the procedure, Dr. Veninga removes roughly 85% of the stomach, so the organ more closely resembles a slender cylinder. After the procedure, the stomach continues to function normally. Unlike some other weight loss procedures that bypass the intestinal tract, many surgeons prefer sleeve gastrectomy for its decreased risk of complications. Nutritional capacity also remains unaffected since food continues to travel through the intestines like it normally would.

Benefits of the Single-incision Approach

Single-incision surgery is an exciting new development. It takes the efficiency and benefits of laparoscopic surgery (which uses a series of small quarter- to half-inch incisions) to a new level. Now, Dr. Veninga can perform an entire vertical sleeve gastrectomy using just one opening to access the inner structures of the abdomen. During the procedure, instruments will enter the surgical site through this access point, and a laparoscope - a small tube equipped with a camera and light - will display the inside of the abdomen on a large monitor. Benefits of the technique include: 

  • Increased patient safety
  • Lower risk of complications
  • Minimized trauma to the treatment site and surrounding tissue
  • Reduced bleeding
  • Decreased recovery time and shorter hospital stay
  • Minimized discomfort and scarring

During a consultation, we stress the importance of maintaining healthy habits after your procedure. Weight loss surgery is not appropriate for patients who struggle with food addiction. During a thorough evaluation and examination, Dr. Veninga will analyze your medical history, discuss your previous attempts to lose weight, and gather information on any other factors that could affect the success of your procedure. 

Learn More during a Consultation

Despite its wealth of benefits, vertical sleeve gastrectomy is not right for all patients. Likewise, not everyone is a candidate for the single-incision approach to this procedure. During your consultation, Dr. Veninga may discuss your candidacy for other procedures. Schedule an appointment with us today to learn more about whether single-incision sleeve gastrectomy is right for you. 

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