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Dr. David Kim Kim Bariatric Institute

Gastric Sleeve (Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy) Dallas Ft Worth Texas

DR. DAVID KIM: Laparoscopic gastric sleeve resection is an operation that’s gaining much popularity and more favor with my patients. It is an operation in which we will be removing 75 percent of the volume of the stomach while maintaining the natural openings into and out of the stomach. The advantages of this operation is that it is a simpler operation to perform, therefore decreasing the chances of complications, as compared to gastric bypass.
It also, because we are not realtering the gastrointestinal tract, decreases the chances for complications with vitamin deficiencies. Patients can lose weight approaching gastric bypass surgery in a fairly rapid weight loss over a one year period of time, and this also allows patients to get rid of their medical problems with almost the same success as gastric bypass surgery.
The disadvantages of laparoscopic gastric sleeve resection is that it is a new operation. Because this operation has been around in the United States now for just approximately less than two years, we don’t have much data about this procedure, but we believe that it is going to be a long term popular and successful operation. The other disadvantage is that it is not covered by most insurance companies. Because a long tube with resistance is created, it does significantly reduce the amount of food that a patient can eat.

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