Laparoscopic Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy
Laparoscopic Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy is currently the most popular bariatric weight loss procedure worldwide. The procedure is extremely safe, highly effective, and metabolically robust. In Sleeve gastrectomy a narrow length of stomach in the shape of a sleeve or banana is separated from the remainder to serve as your new stomach. The remaining three quarters of the stomach is removed. Small intestines are not manipulated at all, limiting malabsorption – the main long-term side effect of gastric bypass surgery.
The procedure works by restricting food intake, suppressing hunger, and boosting metabolism. It results in loss of over 70-80% of excess weight at 3-5 years. In the San Francisco Bay area, Sleeve Gastrectomy is the most popular weight loss procedure, accounting for over 90% of bariatric procedures at Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose.
Dr. Zare has been involved with Sleeve Gastrectomy since 2001. At that time, the procedure was being conceptualized and studied experimentally at a Georgetown University affiliate hospital. As a pioneer and an early adopter, he has been able to refine the procedure and offer the current version with consistently low complication rates. Whereas the national average for staple line leak rate is 1-2%, we have enjoyed a leak rate of less than 0.1% in all stapled procedures, with no occurrence in the past 500 cases. Patients can expect an uncomplicated recovery with a one-night stay in the hospital, swift return to daily activities, and sustainable long-term results. Sleeve Gastrectomy has been Dr. Zare's preferred procedure since 2012.