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Today there are several surgical options for weight loss. You and your surgeon must evaluate the procedures and decide which one is right for you. Results achieved by patients must be independently evaluated and managed. Actual weight loss will vary.
The Sleeve Gastrectomy is one of the newer weight loss surgery procedures. The surgeon divides the stomach vertically with a line of staples and removes a large portion of it. The remaining stomach is a long tube shaped like a very slender banana. It can hold between one to five ounces.
The surgery helps you lose weight by restricting the amount of food that can be eaten at one time. The part of the stomach that is removed secretes a hormone called Ghrelin which is responsible for appetite and hunger. Because of the decreased amount of Ghrelin, sleeve gastrectomy patients experience a loss or reduction in appetite. This surgery is usually performed laparoscopically.
The gastric sleeve procedure is a newer procedure, so many insurance companies still consider it experimental and are not yet paying for this surgery. Typically insurance companies want to see 5 and 10 year outcome data before a procedure is no longer considered ‘experimental’. The gastric sleeve procedure has become more popular in the last 5 years. While long term data is not yet available, many patients are experiencing weight loss comparable to other weight loss surgery procedures.
Since the gastric sleeve procedure is not yet being covered by Medicare and other managed care payors, Baylor Medical Center at Carrollton is offering a cash package price for the facility charges.
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