The Gastric Sleeve Surgery procedure works by restricting food intake without any bypass of the intestines and therefore, avoiding malabsorption. With decreased appetite and caloric intake, weight loss is achieved with the help of Gastric Sleeve, aka Sleeve Gastrectomy. The stomach is restricted by dividing it vertically, creating a smaller vertical stomach pouch that resembles a banana. The new stomach pouch measures 2-5 ounces. The remaining part of the stomach is removed. The portion of the stomach that is removed is thought to be responsible for secreting Ghrelin, a hormone accountable for appetite and hunger. By removing this portion of the stomach, the appetite hormone is reduced significantly, usually causing a loss of appetite. The new stomach pouch holds only small amounts of food, causing the patient to feel fuller quicker.
Dr. Shillingford performs the gastric sleeve surgery in Florida. He specializes in three kinds of bariatric surgeries: Lap Band Surgery, Gastric Bypass Surgery and Gastric Sleeve Surgery, also known as Sleeve Gastrectomy. During his first consultation with a potential patient, Dr. Shillingford will listen to his or her concerns and weight loss goals and then recommend which form of bariatric surgery is the best suited.
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