Inverted Gastric Sleeve
Our experienced weight loss surgeons perform the gastric sleeve resection procedure with a special technique and a crucial second step that is different from the process typically utilized by all other weight loss surgeons. Known as the Inverted Gastric Sleeve, this approach requires that the surgeon invert the staple line, and then suture the outer covering of the stomach over it. Unlike a traditional vertical sleeve gastrectomy, this extra measure provides the stomach with an additional layer of protection following the procedure. All of our patients who undergo gastric sleeve resection surgery will receive this additional step.
Inverted Gastric Sleeve Procedure
The Inverted Gastric Sleeve is an enhanced version of gastric sleeve resection. In gastric sleeve resection, also called vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG), the outer portion of the stomach is cut and removed. With the stomach’s volume reduced by 75 – 80%, the result is a smaller, slender pouch in the shape of a banana. As mentioned previously, most surgeons will end the surgery at this point, depending solely on the staple line as the mechanism of support for the newly shaped stomach. Our surgeons, however, push the staple line in and laparoscopically sew the stomach upon itself, thus creating an additional layer of strength. For even more information, view our infographic.
Benefits of the Inverted Gastric Sleeve
There are a variety of benefits and advantages associated with the Inverted Gastric Sleeve technique, including:
- Uses serosa (strongest layer of the stomach) to provide an additional support
- Prevents sleeve from stretching if patient overeats slightly
- Significantly reduces chance of staple line leaks (leak rates at our practice are significantly below the national average )
Recovery from the Inverted Gastric Sleeve
Just like gastric sleeve resection, the Inverted Gastric Sleeve technique is performed laparoscopically using tiny incisions. Typically, many patients return to work after about one to two weeks. You should keep your activity at a light level (such as walking) at this time. More physically strenuous work and/or activities can generally be resumed after a month.
We also encourage patients to remember that this bariatric procedure is only the first step in your weight loss journey. Ensuring a successful transition into a healthier lifestyle will require both dietary and exercise changes. In addition to our practice’s support programs, you will also have follow-up appointments with our bariatric medical staff under the supervision of our weight loss surgeons. Our bariatric medical staff will make sure you are healing properly after the procedure, and that you are on the right track to losing weight in a safe and healthy manner.
To learn more about whether the gastric sleeve surgery with the Inverted Gastric Sleeve technique may be an effective treatment for you, or to schedule a consultation with one of our weight loss surgeons, please contact us today.
For Even More Information…
View our infographic for a visual explanation of the Inverted Gastric Sleeve technique, its benefits, and candidacy requirements: