In 1988, Dr. Doug Hess, performed the first open gastric sleeve procedure in Bowling Green, Ohio as part of what is now known as the duodenal switch procedure. (The duodenal switch induces weight loss by sleeve gastrectomy and intestinal bypass.) Soon after, it became apparent that many patients could achieve similar weight loss results with the sleeve gastrectomy alone, without the need for intestinal bypass.
Over the last three decades, gastric sleeve surgery, has become the most popular choice for weight loss surgery and the most common bariatric procedure performed worldwide. Each year, nearly 200,000 patients in the U.S. undergo weight loss surgery; the majority of those patients opting to have gastric sleeve surgery over other procedures such as gastric bypass surgery and gastric banding.
Additionally, with time, surgical techniques continue to advance, ultimately reducing the risk to the patient. In 1999, the first laparoscopic approach to the duodenal switch and gastric sleeve was performed. First Baptist Medical Center bariatric surgeon, Dr. Todd McCarty, is a pioneer and innovator in the field of metabolic surgery. Dr. McCarty developed the Mini Sleeve surgery, further reducing risk of complications from the common gastric sleeve weight loss procedure.
The trademarked mini gastric sleeve surgery offers the latest and most advanced surgical techniques, helping bariatric patients achieve their weight loss goal while reducing recovery time and surgical risk. Patented by Dr. Todd McCarty, the Mini Sleeve surgery is an advanced minimally invasive bariatric procedure that allows patients to achieve their weight loss goal with less pain, faster recovery, few scars and no hospital stay.
The traditional laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy weight loss procedure requires the surgeon to make five or six small but painful incisions in the abdomen wall. A large portion of the stomach (about 75 percent) is removed, leaving a small and narrow gastric tube, or “sleeve.” On average, this procedure takes up to two hours to complete and requires the patient to stay in the hospital for up to three days after surgery.
The novel Mini Sleeve surgical technique developed by Dr. Todd McCarty uses natural entrances to the abdominal cavity (typically the mouth), rather than creating incisions in the abdominal wall. After the stomach pouch or sleeve is created, the patented Mini Sleeve device is inserted into the esophagus to protect it while removing the excess stomach through the mouth. There is another option for patients who do not prefer the excess stomach to be removed through the mouth. For these patients, the excess tissue may also be removed through the belly button, also without the need for additional incisions.
If you are seriously overweight or obese and are considering bariatric surgery, here are seven reasons to consider the Mini Sleeve:
Most bariatric procedures require patients to go on a strict pre-op diet. These diets can be brutal on patients, however for patients choosing the McCarty Mini Sleeve, no pre-surgery diet is required.
Much of the McCarty Mini Sleeve procedure can be performed using a minimally invasive approach called Natural Orifice Trans-endoluminal Endoscopic Surgery or NOTES. This technique involves removal of the stomach through the patient’s mouth or naval. The procedure typically lasts just 30 minutes, compared to one to two hours for traditional gastric sleeve surgery.
Patients will have approximately two incisions — one by breastbone and one by belly button — as opposed to five or six incisions that are required with a standard sleeve procedure. Because the procedure requires only two incisions patients will have few (if any) visible scars.
While the standard sleeve procedure requires an overnight hospital stay for up to three nights, the McCarty Mini Sleeve procedure is considered an out-patient procedure with fewer surgical risks, allowing patients to go home the day of the surgery.
Patients who undergo the standard gastric sleeve procedure may be under lifting restrictions for up to six weeks following surgery. Patients who choose the Mini Sleeve have no lifting restrictions and are typically able to resume their everyday lives much sooner, including activities such as exercise, working, playing with children, etc.
As with the traditional sleeve gastrectomy surgery, the Mini Sleeve not only reduces stomach capacity, but acts to suppress hunger hormone levels, providing patients with the same weight loss potential.
As a nationally trademarked procedure, Dr. McCarty is the only bariatric surgeon in the country who can perform the true Mini Sleeve surgery for patients. If you are considering weight loss surgery, contact First Baptist Medical Center today to schedule an appointment to discuss your options including Mini Sleeve, gastric bypass surgery and gastric sleeve surgery.