What is VSG Surgery for Weight Loss?

Posted by Jason Radecke on Wed, Mar 12, 2014

VSG-surgery-for-weight-lossWhen it comes to losing weight there are many ways to do it, but some are more effective than others. For some people, making a few changes to their diet and activity levels is enough to produce the weight loss results they’re after. For others, reaching their weight loss goals can seem impossible.

If you’ve been struggling with obesity for years and want to lose the excess weight, VSG surgery for weight loss could be your solution. 

What is VSG?

VSG, or “vertical sleeve gastrectomy” is a type of bariatric weight loss surgery. During the surgery, 85% of the stomach is removed, transforming the stomach into a small tube or “sleeve.” This smaller stomach helps patients feel satisfied from much smaller portions, allowing them to better control how much they eat.

Many other weight loss surgeries take the same approach, but VSG may further help patients on their journey to weight loss by decreasing cravings. This is because during surgery, the part of the stomach that contains ghrelin (the hunger hormone) is removed. In its absence, many patients notice a decrease in their desire to eat, making it easier for them to control and manage the foods they consume.

Also, unlike gastric bypass surgery for weight loss, the course of food through the digestive tract is not altered. This means that patients who have VSG surgery don’t usually experience dumping syndrome and only face a minimal risk for nutritional deficiencies.

Weight Loss Results after VSG

After vertical sleeve gastrectomy, patients need to stick to a strict diet and exercise routine in order to get the best results. When the appropriate diet and exercise adjustments are made, patients can reach their weight loss goals rather quickly.

With dedication, patients can lose 60 to 70 percent of their excess weight within two years, and maintain those results in the long-term. Six years following VSG surgery, patients can achieve 60-70% maintenance.

Who is it for?

You may be eligible for VSG if you have a BMI (body mass index) over 40, or over 35 along with obesity related medical conditions. Patients who undergo VSG surgery have also made serious attempts to lose weight in the past, without success.

If you’re considering weight loss surgery, you should also be prepared to make long term dietary and lifestyle changes. Although VSG surgery is an incredible tool to help patients lose weight, patients still need to work hard to successfully lose weight and keep it off.

If you want to see if VSG surgery for weight loss is right for you, contact an experienced bariatric surgeon at Riverside Surgical & Weight Loss Center today. We can help you reach the results you’re after.


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