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Obesity can lead to serious health problems including hypertension, heart disease, liver disease, diabetes, and increased the risk of cancer in some people. People with a BMI (body mass index) over 35 may qualify for weight loss surgery. 

Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy is an option for patients with obesity which allows patients to lose a significant amount of weight and reduce the risk of medical problems associated with obesity. This surgery is performed laparoscopically using the daVinci Robot. The shape of the stomach is changed through small incisions. The new stomach is smaller which helps contribute to weight loss. The surgery also reduces appetite by removing a center for the hormone, ghrelin, which is responsible for hunger. 
​Patients will follow a liquid diet just before and shortly after the surgery to allow the stomach to heal prior to eating regular food. Patients usually stay in the hospital one to three nights. Most patients lose 80 to 100 pounds in the first year. Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy can be performed after lap band surgery as well.

Contact Dr. Bell for a consultation, and he will discuss expected outcomes and potential complications which are rare. Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy is an option that can help patients to stay healthy on a long term basis.
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