Gastric Sleeve Surgery

(Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy)

Laparoscopic gastric sleeve resection surgery, also known as vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG), is an exciting weight loss surgery option that combines many of the advantages of both laparoscopic gastric bypass and the LAP-BAND® System. The DFW Bariatric Institute is one of the few bariatric surgery practices in the Dallas – Fort Worth region to offer patients four different options for surgical weight loss. Our doctors believe that laparoscopic gastric sleeve resection, or Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy, is an excellent choice for patients who decide that the other types of bariatric surgery may not quite meet their treatment needs.

The gastric sleeve procedure has been proven to be an effective operation for many individuals who don’t want the anatomic alteration of gastric bypass, nor a plastic insert, like LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding surgery. To learn more about reversing the effects of obesity with laparoscopic gastric sleeve resection, contact our Fort Worth-area practice today.



The Laparoscopic Gastric Sleeve Resection

Gastric sleeve resection, or vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG), was originally part of a much older operation called the biliopancreatic diversion. This operation allows a patient to lose a significant amount of weight.

Through a few small incisions, the DFW Bariatric Institute surgeons will use a stapling device to permanently remove 75 – 80 percent of the volume of the stomach. The result is a slender tube in the shape of a banana that maintains the natural openings leading to and from this new tubular “stomach.” No surgery is performed on the intestines. This is all performed through a scope and minimally-invasive techniques. Because the intestines are not re-routed, patients do not lose too much weight or suffer from severe vitamin deficiencies.

What Laparoscopic Gastric Sleeve Resection Accomplishes

Laparoscopic gastric sleeve resection (vertical sleeve gastrectomy – VSG) at our weight loss surgery practice accomplishes the following:

Laparoscopic Gastric Sleeve Resection

  • Since 75- 80 percent of the capacity of the stomach is removed, a person can only eat a few ounces at a time.
  • As with laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery, research has shown that the hunger hormone (ghrelin) is greatly reduced after surgery. Researchers feel that this aids in the satisfaction patients appear to have with small amounts of food.
  • It can cure Type II Diabetes 75% of the time.
  • It is also an excellent operation to achieve cure for high blood pressure and sleep apnea.

Christy’s Weight Loss Success

Gastric Sleeve Surgery

“In 2010 I went to an amusement park and my niece asked me to ride a Rollercoaster with her. When we got on the ride my safety bar would not latch down because my legs were too big. I was asked to remove myself from the ride. That was a wake up call kind of day.” — Christy

Read Christy’s Story

Advantages of Laparoscopic Gastric Sleeve Resection

Gastric Sleeve Resection Advantages

  • Laparoscopic gastric sleeve resection is simpler than gastric bypass surgery. Unlike gastric bypass, this procedure does not re-route the passage of food.
  • The procedure is less likely to cause complications such as the malabsorption of vitamins.
  • It allows for weight loss similar to what is experienced with gastric bypass surgery.
  • It allows females to conceive and deliver healthy babies.
  • Most insurance companies cover this procedure.
  • It can cure obesity related diseases like Diabetes, high blood pressure, and sleep apnea.
  • Because of significant weight loss, patients will find tremendous relief from back pain, hip pain, knee pain, and foot pain allowing them to walk and exercise more.
  • Many gastric sleeve surgeries involve same-day discharges and do not require an in-patient hospital stay. Our bariatric surgeons have often performed this procedure on an outpatient basis.

Disadvantages of Laparoscopic Gastric Sleeve Resection

  • Rare complications can include blockages in the gastric sleeve or post-operative leaks from the staple line. Experience matters and the DFW Bariatric Institute is committed to performing these procedures with maximum attention toward minimizing risks.

Getting Started with the Procedure

If you would like to learn more about this exciting option for bariatric surgery, we encourage you to contact our practice and attend a private consultation. During this relaxed, informative session, you will get to meet with one of our bariatric surgeons and their staff and learn more about the advantages and disadvantages that are associated with this procedure and with our other treatment options. We want to ensure that you have all the resources that you need to make an informed decision about the type of bariatric surgery that is best for you.

After Surgery

“No man is an Island… …He/She is a part of the main.”
-John Donne

One of the most rewarding aspects of bariatric care for our team members is being able to witness the transformation that occurs in our patients after surgery. Through follow-up visits, we continue to build relationships with our patients and monitor their progress as they shed the cocoon of excess weight and emerge into their new lives. We will also give you detailed diet and exercise instructions to follow after surgery that ensures the most successful weight loss results.

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Patient Testimonials

Janet S.

Lost 93 pounds*

"93 pounds later, I have a whole new life. I’ve gone from a size 24 down to 10-12. I no longer have high blood pressure or high cholesterol. My knees, which were in sad shape before surgery, don’t hurt anymore. I joined a gym and participate in water aerobics and a latin impact aerobics class. My whole life has changed. I have much more confidence in myself and love to be with people."

Erlinda N.

Lost 120 pounds*

“I have experienced incredible changes in my life after losing over 120 lbs with weight loss surgery. I no longer have high blood pressure. I also no longer have sleep apnea or have to use a CPAP machine. I take a yoga class, walk, swim, and have a new passion…golf. I’m having a blast! I’m looking forward to going to a water park for the first time ever and having adventures I never thought possible. I am so happy that I took this life changing step and highly recommend DFW Bariatric Institute.”

Vivian P.

Lost 140 pounds*

“First off….this surgery will give you your life back. It is a total life changing surgery and I feel like I owe DFW Bariatric my life since they restored mine to me. My weight ballooned up to 273 lbs before my surgery. I have successfully lost and maintained a 140 lb weight loss… This is the most amazing journey that anyone could ever take and the DFW Bariatric Institute staff will all be there to hold your hand and lead you down the road to your success.”

Sherrie M.

Lost 110 pounds*

“I am currently 29 years old and weigh 130 lbs. Before surgery I weighed almost 240 lbs…This is the best thing I have done with my life and would do it again today. It changed my life drastically. My surgeon said to me, 'I can do 50% for you and give you the surgery, but the other 50% is up to you. Your eating, your exercise, your total outlook on life make up the other 50%. And what you want from the surgery is what you will get, and the life you will gain.'”

John E.

Lost 90 pounds*

“I went to a seminar and left there with complete ease, feeling like everyone cared about me and my health. On first office visit I was totally impressed…I never felt rushed in the office, and always felt everyone cared. My surgery was completed and I am now down 90 pounds…The biggest part of recovery comes from the encouragement DFW Bariatric gives. Everyone is always positive and takes the time to explain things in a positive way.”

Kathy D.

Lost 161 pounds*

“There are no words to express the amount of change that weight loss surgery has brought to my life. I am a 54 year old female. There were so many things I was unable to do before the surgery that I blamed on age. It wasn’t my age at all, it was the weight. I am 30 again…The day of my surgery, I weighed 299 pounds. Today I weigh 138 and wear a size 6…I feel so good about myself now. The surgery saved my life!”

Brian S.

Lost 130 pounds*

“After losing 130 pounds, I feel like I have a new lease on life. I was able to stop all of my diabetes, high blood pressure, and my cholesterol medicines. I have always had chronic knee problems and now I am able to run three miles per day without any pain. If I had a choice of doing this surgery again or not, I would definitely do it again. I feel that by having the surgery it not only gave me my life back but it also saved my life.”

Lorna Q.

Lost 107 pounds*

"I have lost the astonishing amount of 107 pounds in less than a year. I feel like I have my life back and I am in control again. All my family and friends are always telling me that I look happier than before and they are right, I am much, much happier than before. I have to thank DFW Bariatric and my husband for helping me throughout this very emotional and amazing journey. I do not regret at all having the surgery, it is one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life.”

Danielle L.

Lost 154 pounds*

“My outlook on life was so different before having my weight loss surgery. I was taking medicine for diabetes, high blood pressure, and depression, and my back, legs, and shoulders hurt all the time which kept me from sleeping. My start weight was 298 pounds. And I am now 144. I’m no longer on any type of medications. My body is the best shape I have ever been in. I am so happy to be where I am today mentally and physically. With my hard work and dedication and with the aid of DFW Bariatric, I am where I want to be. I trust this team with all my heart.”

Dennis H.

Lost 170 pounds*

“At 365 pounds, I was medicated for high blood pressure, diabetes, joint inflammation, and high cholesterol…I was a living example of morbid obesity. I knew then that it was time to do something with my weight…It was not easy to get through all of the hoops that my health plan demanded, but the DFW Bariatric team helped me every step of the way. Today I weigh 195 pounds and feel great! From the time I left the hospital after surgery I have been free from all prescription medications. I can never thank this team enough for giving me back my life."