Gastric Sleeve

Shey Ditto, DO -  - General, Bariatric, and Cosmetic Surgeon

Ditto Surgical

Shey Ditto, DO

General, Bariatric, and Cosmetic Surgeon located in Austin, TX

Excess weight that doesn’t go away with diet and exercise can impact your health and lead to feelings of hopelessness. Gastric sleeve surgery can curb your appetite and help you meet your weight loss goals. Dr. Shey Ditto in Austin, Texas, is trained in bariatric surgical procedures and can help you shed the extra pounds and improve your quality of life. If excess weight is keeping you from performing daily activities with ease, call or schedule an appointment online to discover if gastric sleeve surgery is right for you.

Gastric Sleeve Q & A

What is a gastric sleeve surgery?

Gastric sleeve, also known as laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy or vertical sleeve gastrectomy, is a surgical procedure that aids in weight loss. Dr. Ditto typically conducts the procedure for obese patients with a body mass index of 35 or higher who have tried other weight loss methods like regular exercise and a healthy diet without long-term success.

During gastric sleeve surgery, 65-80% of your stomach is removed. Gastric sleeve surgery permanently alters the shape of your stomach so that it can only hold a limited amount of food. After the procedure is complete, your new stomach resembles a long tube and is similar in size and shape to a banana.

The changes made to your stomach during gastric sleeve surgery set off hormonal changes in your body that trigger weight loss and the reversal or improvement of medical conditions that are often concurrent with obesity including but not limited to:

  • Heart disease
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Infertility
  • High cholesterol
  • Obstructive sleep apnea

How is gastric sleeve surgery performed?

During gastric sleeve surgery, Dr. Ditto makes several incisions in your abdomen then inserts a long, thin medical instrument called a laparoscope that allows him to see inside of your body during the procedure. He then staples your stomach to reduce its size and removes the portion that is no longer needed.

Gastric sleeve procedures may vary depending on your pre-existing conditions and other needs. They typically last from one to two hours and require an overnight hospital stay.

What are the results of gastric sleeve surgery?

Gastric sleeve surgery makes you feel fuller with smaller portion sizes and suppresses your appetite. That, combined with a smaller stomach, helps you lose weight and keep it off.

After gastric sleeve surgery, you will be required to make permanent changes to your lifestyle and diet which will be discussed in detail during your preoperative visits.  At Ditto Surgical we will follow you closely to monitor your intake, vitamin levels, weight changes and any pre-existing conditions you may have.

To find out how gastric sleeve surgery can help you reach your weight loss goals, call or schedule an appointment online with Dr. Ditto today.