Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, also known as the gastric sleeve, was first introduced in 2005, and we’ve been performing the procedure since 2008. As of March 2011, we’ve performed 65 gastric sleeve procedures and are pleased with the results.

The procedure involves surgically removing 85 percent or more of the stomach, resulting in a new stomach roughly the size and shape of a banana. The procedure generates weight loss by restricting the amount of food (and therefore calories) that can be consumed. Also, because the procedure removes the portion of the stomach that produces ghrelin, the hormone responsible for appetite and hunger, the level of ghrelin decreases, resulting in a reduced appetite.

Sara Trombley lost 146 pounds following her gastric sleeve surgery in February 2008. About Foothills Weight Loss Specialists, she says, “They not only gave me back my life but gave me a life I didn’t think possible.”

To read more about this procedure, visit Foothills Weight Loss Specialists’ “Weighing In” blog.

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