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Gastric Sleeve

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Transform Weight Loss

Weight Loss Programs & General/Bariatric Surgery located in Lynnwood, WA & Kirkland, WA

If you’re suffering from obesity, there’s hope and help at Transform Weight Loss in Lynnwood and Kirkland, Washington. Peter Billing, MD, FACS, a sought-after weight loss surgeon, offers the gastric sleeve procedure to help you drop weight quickly and keep it off for good. Call the office to learn more about the procedure or use the online booking tool.

Gastric Sleeve Q & A

What is a gastric sleeve?

Also referred to as a sleeve gastrectomy, gastric sleeve surgery involves removing a large portion of your stomach. In most cases, between 70-80% of your stomach is taken out completely. Using minimally invasive laparoscopic surgical techniques, Dr. Billing reshapes the remaining portion into a tube or sleeve. The permanent procedure greatly limits the volume of food you eat, so you can shed weight quickly.

Unlike other types of weight loss surgery, the gastric sleeve doesn’t involve your intestines, so you’re still able to eat what you want and won’t have any concerns with malabsorption.
Am I a candidate for a gastric sleeve?
If you’ve been deemed morbidly obese because your BMI is greater than 40, you’re the ideal candidate for a gastric sleeve. Other factors that Dr. Billing evaluates as he considers your candidacy include:

  • A BMI between 35 and 40 with threatening health conditions
  • A history of unsuccessful dieting and weight loss attempts
  • Weight-related illness even when your BMI is below 35

For young patients with obesity, Transform Weight Loss offers adolescent-friendly vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG) with parental consent.

What can I expect during gastric sleeve surgery?

Dr. Billing and his team settle you into a clean and comfortable private room and place you under general anesthesia. Dr. Billing makes a few small incisions and uses a camera-guided laparoscope to carefully remove the lower portion of your stomach.

With surgical staples, he closes the remaining sleeve-like section, retracts the laparoscope, and stitches up your incisions. The whole process takes less than 2 hours.

How long is recovery?

Because the procedure is not open surgery, your recovery time is shorter. The team at Transform Weight Loss recommends about a week at home to recover from the procedure.

Dr. Billing is passionate about education and spends time with you before and after the surgery to make sure you know what to expect and that you’re adjusting well to the drastically reduced volume of food. He periodically monitors your vitamin and mineral levels to ensure you aren’t low or depleted.

To get started with a personal bariatric surgery consultation, call Transform Weight Loss or book online.