What is Your Preferred Weight Loss Procedure?

As an experienced bariatric surgeon, Dr. Metz is well-versed on all the ins and outs of the various weight loss procedures. There’s no better person to ask for an opinion on which procedure is best. When asked which procedure he prefers above the rest, Dr. Metz indicated the gastric sleeve. He comfortably stated, “It’s what I would have if I were going to have bariatric surgery.”

 For the young, non-diabetic individual in need of weight loss surgery, the gastric sleeve may be the best surgical approach. However, individual circumstances will always be paramount when considering which weight loss procedure to choose. Such a decision is best determined through a one-on-one consultation with your bariatric surgeon. If you would like more information about which bariatric surgery may be best for you, schedule your consultation with Dr. Metz today.


Why the Gastric Sleeve?

The gastric sleeve procedure, formally referred to as a vertical sleeve gastrectomy, is one of the most frequently performed procedures in our practice. It is Dr. Metz’s belief that this procedure is a little more “natural” than some of the other weight loss procedures. It feels more natural because unlike procedures that bypass part of the intestines, the gastric sleeve approach merely removes the expandable, stretchy portion of the stomach and form a stomach “sleeve” by stapling the remaining part. By making your stomach smaller, the bariatric surgeon reduces the amount of food you can consume so that you will feel fuller sooner. Additionally, by removing the portion of the stomach that produces Ghrelin (the appetite hormone), the gastric sleeve minimizes head hunger so that you feel less desire to eat.

Who is a Good Candidate for the Gastric Sleeve Procedure?

Dr. Metz will generally recommend the gastric sleeve procedure as long as you are not diabetic. Ideal candidates for this weight loss surgery are younger patients who haven’t yet developed diabetes. Other good candidates for this weight loss procedure are individuals who are at a higher risk for more invasive procedures that involve rerouting the intestines. These patients can achieve excellent, safe results with a vertical sleeve gastrectomy.

What are Some Other Excellent Options?

For patients who are not good candidates for the gastric sleeve procedure, Dr. Metz can offer other recommendations. For instance, patients who have diabetes or metabolic complications such as cholesterol or heart disease will likely benefit from a more aggressive approach. These patients would be wise to consider the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery or the duodenal switch. These more aggressive treatments may be recommended to adequately address the issues of metabolic complications and diabetes. For many patients, these procedures can lead to substantial weight loss that results in a complete reversal of some health conditions.