Surgical options for weight loss: gastric sleeve procedure

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HIGH POINT, N.C. -- Gastric sleeve surgery is a relatively new type of bariatric surgery, and Cone Health Bariatric and Wellness Services has been offering this procedure as an option for patients for about two years. This procedure is quickly becoming a popular choice for bariatric surgery candidates, as it is now covered on health insurance plans the same as the Lap Band and gastric bypass surgeries.

During a gastric sleeve procedure, 75 to 85 percent of the stomach is removed, leaving a small vertical space in the shape of a sleeve. The portion removed produces hormones that cause hunger, so the result is a reduced desire to eat.

Gastric sleeve surgery is less extensive than gastric bypass surgery; however, patients still experience rapid weight loss similar to the results of gastric bypass. Not only can weight loss surgery serve as a tool in losing weight, it can help patients achieve overall well-being by improving, and sometimes curing, comorbidities such as diabetes and obstructive sleep apnea. Patients who undergo bariatric surgery must be committed to an entire lifestyle change in order to achieve the optimal results and restore their quality of life.

Individuals who are interested in learning more about weight loss surgery and getting started in the process are encouraged to attend one of Cone Health’s bariatric seminars. The informational seminars are now offered online, as well as in person. To register for either form of seminar, visit www.conehealth.com/bariatrics.

Spokesperson Background:

Dr. Eric Wilson is a board-certified general surgeon at Central Carolina Surgery and a member of Cone Health’s Bariatric and Wellness Services team.  Dr. Wilson is a member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.  He is a 2004 graduate of Medical University of South Carolina and completed his residency in general surgery at the university as well.