Weight loss surgery can be life-changing and even life-saving for certain overweight or obese individuals. Dr. David. G. Davtyan of The Weight Loss Surgery Center of Los Angeles proudly offers safe and minimally-invasive weight loss procedures and bariatric surgeries to patients in the Woodland Hills community. Dr. Davtyan is Board Certified in Surgery and Bariatric Medicine and regarded as an elite weight loss surgeon in the Los Angeles area.
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As a bariatric patient himself, Dr. Davtyan understands how to help patients achieve effective, long-term weight loss through advanced procedures that involve less risks and less downtime than traditional gastric bypass. Our clinic that is conveniently located near Woodland Hills proudly offers the following highly-preferred bariatric procedures to safely help you achieve your weight loss goals:
- Lap-Band surgery
- Sleeve Gastrectomy (laparoscopic gastric sleeve surgery)
- Lap-Band removal and revision surgery
- Gastric plication surgery
- Gastric balloon (Orbera® and Obalon™)
Frequently Asked Questions about Gastric Sleeve Surgery
At The Weight Loss Surgery Center of Los Angeles, we want to help patients make the most informed decision about gastric sleeve surgery, one of our most popular choices in weight loss surgery. To this end, we’ve provided the following FAQ’s:
- What is gastric sleeve surgery?
Gastric sleeve surgery, also known as sleeve gastrectomy, is a surgical procedure for weight loss. It involves removing a large portion of the stomach, leaving behind a smaller, sleeve-shaped stomach. The reduced stomach size restricts the amount of food that can be eaten, leading to weight loss.
- How is gastric sleeve surgery performed?
Gastric sleeve surgery is typically performed laparoscopically, using small incisions and a camera called a laparoscope. Dr. Davtyan may remove approximately 75% of the stomach, creating a smaller stomach pouch. The remaining portion of the stomach is stapled closed, and the removed portion is permanently taken out.
- Who is a candidate for gastric sleeve surgery?
Gastric sleeve surgery is generally recommended for individuals with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher, or those with a BMI of 35 or higher who have obesity-related health conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, or sleep apnea. However, eligibility criteria can vary, and a thorough evaluation by Dr. Davtyan in Woodland Hills is necessary to determine candidacy.
- How effective is gastric sleeve surgery for weight loss?
Gastric sleeve surgery is considered one of the most effective weight loss procedures. On average, patients can expect to lose 50-70% of their excess weight within the first two years following surgery. The actual weight loss varies depending on various factors such as individual adherence to dietary and lifestyle changes.
- What is the recovery process like after sleeve gastrectomy?
The recovery period after gastric sleeve surgery varies, but most patients spend 1-2 days in the hospital. They will need to follow a liquid diet for a few weeks, gradually progressing to pureed and soft foods before reintroducing solid foods. Regular physical activity is encouraged, but strenuous exercise should be avoided initially. Follow-up appointments and dietary guidance from healthcare professionals are crucial during the recovery process.
- Will I need to make lifestyle changes after gastric sleeve surgery?
Yes, lifestyle changes are essential for long-term success after gastric sleeve surgery. Patients are advised to adopt a healthy eating plan with smaller portion sizes, increase physical activity, and develop strategies for managing emotional and stress-related eating. Regular follow-up appointments, support groups, and counseling can also be beneficial.
- Will I be able to eat normally after a sleeve gastrectomy?
The capacity of your stomach will be significantly reduced after gastric sleeve surgery, so you will need to make adjustments to your eating habits. You will need to eat smaller portions and choose nutrient-dense foods. It is important to follow the dietary guidelines provided by your healthcare team to ensure proper nutrition and maximize weight loss.
- Will insurance cover gastric sleeve surgery?
Insurance coverage for gastric sleeve surgery varies depending on the insurance provider and policy. Some insurance plans may cover the procedure if certain criteria are met, such as a documented history of unsuccessful weight loss attempts or the presence of obesity-related health conditions.
Schedule a Consult for Minimally-Invasive Bariatric Surgery
If you’d like to further understand the benefits of gastric sleeve or other minimally-invasive weight loss surgeries with Dr. Davtyan, please schedule a consult at our clinic near Woodland Hills. We help patients realize the profound benefits of less invasive weight loss surgery, such as smaller incisions, quicker recovery, less risk of infection and complications, enhanced patient comfort, improved cosmetic outcome and more.
The Weight Loss Surgery Center of Los Angeles proudly offers complimentary consultations. Schedule your consult today to get started on your life-changing weight loss journey.