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da Vinci ® Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery at Our Los Angeles Center

Sleeve gastrectomy can prove to be a life-saving approach to weight loss. This surgical approach involves removing a portion of your stomach and creating a significantly smaller one that is roughly the size of a banana. Because your stomach is smaller, you cannot eat as much food at one time and you feel fuller while eating less.

While most gastric sleeve surgery procedures are performed using a minimally invasive approach, miVIP Los Angeles Surgery Centers takes this process one step smaller thanks to the use of the innovative da Vinci® Surgical System.

While many people call da Vinci procedures “robotic surgery,” this is not exactly true. Instead, the da Vinci system acts as an extension of one of a surgeon’s greatest assets: his hands.

Take the da Vinci sleeve gastrectomy procedure step-by-step: You will begin by being placed under general anesthesia, which puts you in a deep sleep. You will not feel pain during the da Vinci gastric sleeve operation because you will be asleep for the entire procedure. Your surgeon will then make a few small incisions in your abdomen, depending upon the best individual approach for your body. Because the da Vinci offers a surgeon greater movement capabilities than using his hands, the incisions typically are smaller than traditional minimally invasive surgery.

One aspect of da Vinci sleeve gastrectomy surgery is the three-dimensional camera inserted into your abdomen. This allows your surgeon a full view into your body. Using controls, your surgeon will direct the da Vinci’s “arms” to move inside your body, removing an estimated 80 to 85 percent of your stomach. Staples will be applied to hold the newly formed stomach in place and allow for healing. Your surgeon also will use da Vinci to create a new connection between your stomach and bowel, which can be sewn more precisely using the da Vinci system.

Who Is A Candidate for da Vinci Sleeve Gastrectomy?

From gastric bypass to gastric banding to sleeve gastrectomy, there are a number of approaches to weight loss surgery. Candidates for sleeve gastrectomy are typically those who tend to be on the very high end of the body mass index spectrum and for whom gastric banding or bypass may be too dangerous or ineffective in treating obesity.

Your miVIP Los Angeles surgeon will discuss your unique health conditions and concerns that may make you a candidate for surgery. Typically, sleeve gastrectomy candidates:

  • Have a body mass index of 40 or greater
  • Have an obesity-related medical conditions, such as sleep apnea, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and/or heart disease
  • Are not dependent on alcohol or illegal drugs
  • Are mentally prepared to make a life-changing step

 

The decision to undergo da Vinci sleeve gastrectomy is not one to be taken lightly. The procedure cannot be reversed and requires a commitment to changing your diet and lifestyle. Your new stomach will be full after eating a very small amount of food.

What to Expect with da Vinci Sleeve Gastrectomy

Using the da Vinci approach to surgery can help to reduce your overall recovery times, post-operative pain and surgical risks for infection and bleeding. While you will likely experience discomfort and nausea post-surgery, the da Vinci approach can help to minimize these effects.

In terms of weight loss results, sleeve gastrectomy is situated between gastric banding and gastric bypass surgery. You can expect to lose about 55 percent of your excess weight over a two- to three-year period. If you currently weigh 300 pounds, this means you may lose up to 165 pounds after a successful sleeve gastrectomy procedure.

Losing this amount of weight also reduces the likelihood you will experience obesity-related health conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or obstructive sleep apnea. More than 50 percent of most patients resolve one or more of these health issues while another portion improve their overall health through weight loss.

Sleeve gastrectomy using da Vinci technology can put you on the road to successful and lasting weight loss… the rest is up to you.

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