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Background Sleeve gastrectomy (SG) is an alternative to gastric bypass and laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (GB). Methods From January 2004 to January 2006, 111 patients with a follow-up longer than 24 months were prospectively followed. Three treatment groups were defined. Sleeve gastrectomy as first procedure, sleeve gastrectomy after failure of GB.
(http://www.hoab.org/news/popular-st-louis-bariatric-surgeons-say-gastric-sleeve-procedures-are-on-the-rise/)>> St. Louis, MO — St. Louis bariatric surgeons Dr. Van Wagner and Dr. Jay Snow report a significant increase in the number of gastric sleeve procedures in the recent past. Confirmed by reports from the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), Drs. Wagner and Snow say the procedure has become a widely popular solution for severe obesity across the country through the increase of patient awareness. The gastric sleeve is quickly being recognized as one of the most successful options for patients who require significant weight loss. Since 2009, Dr. Wagner and Dr. Snow say their weight loss surgery practice, Heart of America Bariatrics, has seen gastric sleeve procedures rise in demand by over 200%, now representing 50% of their total surgical volume. They say the recent growth in demand is likely a result of a number of factors, including increased patient education and innovative developments in the techniques and technology associated with the procedure. As the popularity of weight loss surgery continues to increase, so does the need to consult with a properly trained, board-certified bariatric surgeon. The surgeons urge patients to weigh the gravity of a decision to undergo weight loss surgery and to research thoroughly all options before choosing a practice or procedure. Dr. Snow says that because bariatric surgery is a life-long commitment, patients should be ready to make a significant change to their lifestyle and nutritional...
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