What is a LapSleeve?
The LapSleeve is a vertical sleeve gastrectomy. Eviva has perfected the preoperative and postoperative care to provide this service in an outpatient setting and has trademarked the name LapSleeve® for this procedure. The vertical sleeve gastrectomy is a minimally invasive laparoscopic gastric procedure. To date, we have done nearly 3000 outpatient procedures with safety results similar to outpatient lap band or gastric band procedures.
Eviva was the first medical center in the world to provide this procedure as a same-day surgery!
We attribute patient success to our detailed patient selection and education, as well as our board-certified surgeons’ meticulous technique with short operative times and careful postoperative management. As a result, postoperative pain, nausea, and scarring have been minimal, and patient satisfaction is quite high. Within days, our gastric sleeve patients are back to usual activity and return to work in one to two weeks.
How does a vertical sleeve gastrectomy work?
The vertical sleeve gastrectomy surgery involves removing a portion of the stomach, the fundus. This provides superior restriction when compared to a gastric band since the restriction extends the length of the stomach. Gastric sleeves also significantly reduce hunger, in part by decreasing the hunger hormone ghrelin. When patients are hungry, their appetites are quickly satisfied with a small amount of food. Unlike gastric or lap bands, the vertical sleeve gastrectomy does not require the implantation of an artificial device. Patients with the vertical sleeve gastrectomy can tolerate denser types of foods than those who have lap bands.
Vertical sleeve gastrectomy is a simpler operation than the gastric bypass, since there is no “rerouting” of the intestines. Weight loss with the vertical sleeve gastrectomy is very similar to those who have gastric bypass surgery. Patients with lower body mass index (BMI) are losing close to 100% of their excess weight the first year*.
Historically, patients with a body mass index greater than 60 had the sleeve gastrectomy surgery as the first part of a 2-stage operation (the duodenal switch). Surgeons found that doing the sleeve gastrectomy alone resulted in significant weight loss and many did not need the second stage (intestinal bypass) of the duodenal switch.
At Eviva, we are proud to have the most experience with the vertical sleeve gastrectomy in the Pacific Northwest and to be the first center worldwide doing same day LapSleeve surgery. We offer the LapSleeve as a primary weight loss operation for patients more than 50 pounds overweight*.
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