Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy May Have a Bright Future

Bariatric surgery has been shown to be an effective weight loss tool, because the surgery enables an individual to lose a large amount of weight. Moreover, the surgery resolves a number of comorbidities and improves quality of life. And a relative new form of bariatric surgery, laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, is now becoming an important weight loss procedure.
Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG) is a type of bariatric surgery where a small stomach pouch, similar in shape to a banana, is constructed to restrict food intake. When first employed, the surgery was one stage of a two stage bariatric surgical procedure. Gastric bypass surgery, for example, might have been the second stage.

One of the advantages of sleeve gastrectomy is that no alterations are made to the gastrointestinal tract anatomy, as in gastric bypass surgery. So some of the risks associated with gastric bypass surgery -- and other procedures where the small intestine is modified --  are reduced.

However, like gastric bypass surgery, LSG causes increased alcohol absorption, according to a 2010 study done in Chile. The study consisted of twelve obese patients, who were given specific quantities of wine before and after LSG surgery. The researchers followed the participants in the study for several months. At the end of the twelve month period, the researchers concluded that the participants experienced "higher and longer blood alcohol values for equivalent amounts of alcohol."

Still, other research has demonstrated that sleeve gastrectomy is an effective bariatric surgical procedure -- especially in the short run. And recent research indicates that "In severely obese and high-risk patients, laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy provides superior total weight loss at 2 years." So it is quite likely that LSG will prove effective for the long term.

Therefore, laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy will receive more attention, as it becomes an important bariatric surgical procedure. Offering this surgery could give a surgical weight loss center a competitive advantage.

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