Losing weight isn’t easy. But carrying extra weight puts you at risk for a variety of serious health complications. If you’re obese and you need help losing weight, gastric sleeve surgery could be an option for you. At New York Minimally Invasive Surgery, PLLC, Marina Kurian MD, FACS, FASMBS, specializes in minimally invasive gastric sleeve procedures. Book online or call their New York City offices in Manhattan’s Upper East Side and the Financial District, and in Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island. They also have offices in Harrison, Great Neck, and Lake Success, New York.
Gastric sleeve is a type of bariatric surgery that involves removing a portion of your stomach. It’s also called sleeve gastrectomy and vertical sleeve gastrectomy, and the procedure gets its name because it reshapes your stomach to resemble a tube or sleeve.
During sleeve gastrectomy, Dr. Kurian surgically removes about 80% of your stomach. The part of your stomach that’s left is about the size of a banana.
The goal of gastric sleeve surgery is weight loss. The procedure shrinks your stomach, so it limits the amount of food you’re able to eat and helps you lose weight quickly and safely.
You could be a candidate for gastric sleeve if you’re obese and you haven’t had success with non-surgical weight loss methods. The procedure reduces the size of your stomach, and coupled with permanent healthy lifestyle changes, it can lead to lasting weight loss.
Many people who have a body mass index (BMI) that’s 40 or above are good candidates for sleeve gastrectomy. If your BMI is between 35 to 39.9, and you have a serious health condition like Type 2 diabetes, you may also be a candidate.
Every person is different, and Dr. Kurian offers health evaluations to help you decide if weight-loss surgery is right for you.
Gastric sleeve surgery typically takes between one and two hours in the operating room. Once your procedure is over, you’re moved to a recovery room and closely monitored until it’s safe for you to return home.
Dr. Kurian specializes in laparoscopic gastric sleeve surgery, which is minimally invasive. Minimally invasive surgery offers a range of benefits compared to traditional open surgery, including less blood loss, faster recovery times, and lower risk of complications.
Dr. Kurian gives you dietary instructions that you must follow after sleeve gastrectomy. Most people are on a liquid diet for one week, then add pureed foods for three weeks. About one month after surgery, you may return to solid food.
Expect to have frequent check-ups to track your health and your weight loss in the months following sleeve gastrectomy. Depending on your health needs, Dr. Kurian may prescribe vitamin supplements during your recovery.
If you’re struggling with your weight, it’s time to find out if sleeve gastrectomy could be an option for you. Contact New York Minimally Invasive Surgery, PLLC, online or over the phone for a consultation.