Sometimes diet and exercise just aren’t enough, no matter how hard you try to lose weight. If obesity affects your health and quality of life, it may be time to consider weight loss surgery. At Virginia Mason Franciscan Health, we offer a range of bariatric procedures, such as gastric sleeve (also called sleeve gastrectomy or vertical sleeve gastrectomy), that can help you feel more like yourself again.
Our nationally recognized weight loss surgery program offers:
Gastric sleeve surgery (also called vertical sleeve gastrectomy or VSG surgery) is the most common bariatric surgery. Your surgeon permanently removes about 80% of your stomach during the procedure. They shape your remaining stomach into a much smaller, sleeve-shaped pouch (about the size and shape of a banana).
Your new stomach holds less food and liquid, so you eat and drink less and consume fewer calories. You also have a decreased appetite. Your new stomach doesn’t produce as much of the hormone that affects your metabolism and makes you feel hungry.
If you’re considering gastric sleeve surgery, here are a few things you should know about the procedure:
VSG surgery is a fairly quick, safe and simple procedure. It doesn’t require any rerouting of your intestines as other weight loss surgeries do. For this reason, it tends to carry fewer side effects and complications than other procedures.
We invite you to take the next step to find out more about your weight loss options.