Bariatric Surgeon located in West Hills, San Fernando Valley, CA
Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy has grown in popularity in recent years as more patients learn of its benefits compared to other bariatric surgeries. SurgiThin in West Hills, CA, is a leading provider of laparoscopic gastric sleeve surgery, using safe, advanced techniques to help men and women from throughout the San Fernando Valley area achieve their weight-loss goals.
Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy Q & A
What is laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy?
Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy is a bariatric surgical procedure that removes a large portion of the stomach – about 85 percent – and leaves a cylindrical, banana-shaped tube or “sleeve” that serves as the “new” stomach. The smaller size of the stomach means patients become full faster so they consume fewer calories. In addition, surgery removes the portion of the stomach that plays a major role in the production of so-called “hunger hormones,” so appetite is naturally suppressed. Unlike gastric bypass, the intestinal tract is not altered, and some studies have shown gastric sleeve surgery to be associated with better long-term weight loss compared to gastric banding procedures.
How is gastric sleeve surgery performed?
Laparoscopic gastric banding is usually performed as an outpatient procedure and takes about an hour to perform. The surgery uses a minimally-invasive laparoscopic approach, requiring smaller incision than traditional surgery so patients enjoy faster and more comfortable recovery after their procedure. Plus, smaller incisions result in less tissue damage, less blood loss and a decreased risk of complications. During the procedure, the bulk of the stomach is removed and the incisions are closed to create the new “sleeve”-shaped stomach.
Am I a good candidate for gastric sleeve bariatric surgery?
Gastric sleeve surgery can be an ideal choice for patients suffering from anemia, cirrhosis and Crohn's disease who would not be eligible for gastric bypass or lap band surgery, and it also may be performed in very obese patients prior to a bypass surgery in order to help patients lose weight so their bypass surgery is less risky.
How effective is laparoscopic gastric sleeve surgery?
Laparoscopic gastric sleeve surgery is extremely effective, with many patients losing an average of 60 percent of their body weight within the year after surgery. Because the surgery reduces appetite, weight reduction can be much easier than patients expect, making this type of bariatric surgery one of the most popular choices in the U.S. and abroad.
Accepted Insurance Plans
We are pleased to be able to accept all PPO insurance plans (e.g. Blue Cross, Blue Shield, United Healthcare, Aetna, Cigna, Healthnet, etc.) that cover weight loss surgery. Patients with PPO insurance can see us without needing a referral or prior authorization. We also accept some HMO insurance plans. Patients with HMO insurance will need to first consult with their primary care physician to obtain a referral to see us. To learn if your health insurance coverage will pay for your surgery, and what your insurance authorization requirements are, please call our office or send us an online contact form.
Words from our patients
"I had the surgery, and had no complications, very little discomfort, and I was back to work in a week. I recommend Dr. Paya to anyone!!
"Dr. Paya is one of the most skilled surgeons in Los Angeles. I had a complicated abdominal problem that multiple surgeons missed.""
"I have been his patient since 2008, very happy with my 2008 band and my 2015 new gastric bypass!!!"
"Dr. Paya and his staff are wonderful people! He's an excellent surgeon that knows his stuff. His bedside manner and professionalism is impeccable. Satisfied."
"He is a very skilled surgeon, he is Board Certified in General Surgery & a member of American College of Surgeons & a member of American Society of Bariatric Surgery."