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South Nassau’s Center for Weight and Life Management Offers New Gastric Sleeve Procedure for Morbidly Obese Patients

Oceanside, NY - The Center for Weight and Life Management at South Nassau Communities Hospital is now offering a new weight-loss procedure for certain morbidly obese patients that is technically simpler than other bariatric operations and offers a faster recovery time. Called the laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG) – or “gastric sleeve” – the new procedure modifies the anatomy of the gastrointestinal tract thereby reducing caloric intake or absorption. Patients can generally expect to lose 30 to 50 percent of their excess body weight over a six- to 12-month period.

Notes Dr. Rajeev Vohra, Chief of Laparoscopic Surgery for South Nassau Communities Hospital, “The LSG is a procedure that does not involve rerouting or reconnecting of the patient’s intestines and is therefore a much simpler operation than the gastric bypass or duodenal switch. Basically,” he explains, “the left side of the stomach is surgically removed which results in a new stomach that is similar to the size and shape of a banana. And unlike the lap-band, the gastric sleeve does not require the implantation of an artificial device inside the patient’s abdomen.”

Technically not as difficult as the laparoscopic duodenal bypass, the LSG leads to excellent weight loss and helps to reverse comorbidities, including type 2 diabetes, nonalcoholic steatosis, hypertension, sleep apnea and joint disease. Also, because LSG is a restrictive, rather than malabsorptive procedure, nutritional concerns are much less than with bypass surgeries. Finally, LSG, unlike other restrictive procedures (for example, intragastric balloons or gastric banding) can be a definitive procedure and not require any further intervention. It can drastically improve a patient’s quality of life, first through excess weight loss and then by increasing mobility and the ability to socialize and return to day-to-day activities.

South Nassau Communities Hospital was designated a “Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence” in 2006 by the American Society of Bariatric Surgery and Surgical Review Corporation. Bariatric surgery is a component of South Nassau’s Center for Weight and Life Management. “The Center’s comprehensive program not only includes nutritional counseling and group education regarding the various bariatric surgical procedures, but also monthly support meetings, stress management and follow-up care,” says Dr. Vohra.

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