Specialty surgeon complete packaged procedure for vertical sleeve gastrectomy.
A vertical sleeve gastrectomy is a restrictive form of weight loss surgery in which approximately 85% of the stomach is removed leaving a cylindrical or sleeve-shaped stomach with a capacity ranging from about 60 to 150 cc.
Perhaps the greatest advantage of the vertical sleeve gastrectomy lies in the fact that it does not involve any bypass of the intestinal tract and patients do not, therefore, suffer the complications of intestinal bypass such as intestinal obstruction, anemia, osteoporosis, vitamin deficiency, and protein deficiency. It also makes it a suitable form of surgery for patients who are already suffering from anemia, Crohn’s disease, and a variety of other conditions that would place them at high risk for surgery involving intestinal bypass.
Vertical sleeve gastrectomy is one of the few forms of surgery which can be performed laparoscopically in patients who are extremely overweight and this accounts for the rising popularity of laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy.
Treatment cost includes the facility fee, physician’s fee, related medical procedures, and drugs required to administer the plan of care. Not included are diagnostic studies, consultations with additional specialists, and cost of complication management; travel, food, and lodging.