The Sleeve Gastrectomy is another bariatric surgical option. It originally was the restrictive portion and first part of a two-stage procedure, duodenal switch, used in a high-risk patient population.
The benefits of the laparoscopic approach are well known. This procedure maintains those benefits when a gastric bypass may have to be ‘open’ thus increasing the risk for the patient.
Being easier to perform, it is a great option for the ‘risky’ patient. For those who have underwent many previous abdominal operations, are severely morbidly obese and those who refuse to accept the ‘re-routing of intestines’ or ‘foreign-body’ options, this remains a viable procedure.
The simplicity resides in the single organ of operation, the stomach. As illustrated, a large portion of stomach is excised and reduces the volume of food consumed, thus primarily a restrictive procedure. However, the stomach is also an endocrine organ and it’s partial resection has a beneficial effect on appetite thus the results of a sleeve gastrectomy fall between that of a ‘band’ and a ‘bypass’.
Although lacking long-term results, the initial experience has been promising. This is a procedure that will only gain in popularity.
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Adjustable Gastric Band
Perhaps the best-known weight loss procedure, the adjustable gastric banding procedure (LapBand® and Realize™ band) is a simple, yet reliable option for people who suffer from morbid obesity. The gastric band will help reduce the volume of solid food ingested, however will never choose its quality. Patients who have gastric banding performed must avoid high calorie liquids which represent ‘the easy way out’ and will lead to less than satisfactory results. This intervention is a great procedure for ‘overeaters of the right food’.
Under normal circumstances, if you consume a plate of food, after an adjustable gastric banding procedure you will consume only a few bites to be satisfied. Normal weight loss is on the order of 1-2 lbs/week. Regular follow-ups will allow real-time adjustments schedule so as to maintain your weight loss. Generally, two to three adjustments are required. These adjustments are performed in the office setting and only take a few moments.
Once your weight reduces so do the co-morbidities. Results vary, although large studies demonstrate 38-45% excess weight loss at 2-3 years. Finally, you will enjoy a life where you have the control back.
Advantages of the Adjustable Gastric Band
- Simple to perform
- Quicker recovery
- Shorter hospital stay
Disadvantages of the Adjustable Gastric Band
- Foreign body (must come out if infected)
- Slower weight loss
- Lower co-morbid resolution rate
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General Surgery & Advanced Laparoscopy
Where bariatrics is a preventative intervention, general surgery is a discipline based on an acute or a more time-sensitive need especially trauma. This is a vital community service to be provided. Laredo is a fortunate city to have and have had a great number of excellent physicians including general surgeons.
However, nationally the number of general surgeons is falling with a rising demand of population growth, creating a great deficit of surgeons; Laredo is no exception. We are aware of this and plan to help fill this void along side of the many surgeons who continue their loyalty to this city maintaining a healthy environment for growth and prosperity.
We desire a practice based on the community need. Dr. Morris’ scope of practice always included general surgery, evident in the mere creation of the entity and practice name of Lone Star Surgical. “I see a tremendous potential for laparoscopy applied to general surgery, and prefer this approach whenever feasible.”
A few laparoscopic procedures and areas of interest are:
- hernia (inguinal, ventral and hiatal)
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