Alabama Bariatrics & Minimally Invasive Surgery

Bariatric Diet Orbera Gastric Band Sleeve Gastrectomy Gastric Bypass

W. Jay Suggs, MD, FACS, FASMBS
Madison, Huntsville, and Decatur
Phone: (256) 274-4523
Fax: (256) 203-8791

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“My first visit with Dr. Suggs set any fears to rest. He answered all my questions and was very easy to understand. He and his staff was always available and concerned every step of the process of being approved and now after my surgery. I like how much knowledge Dr. Suggs and his staff has about the pros and cons of everything. I was told all the risk with the gastric sleeve. I went into surgery very well informed. The aftercare is great and the dietitian help is great. I would recommend the gastric sleeve and Dr. Suggs to anyone. I wish I had found him years ago. I am very please with everything. Three months out and I still get the same level of care that I received the first day I walked into his office.” – jsnanaisme*

“Dr. Suggs and his staff are great! They have been very attentive from the start. Dr. Suggs and his staff will answer any questions that you may have about WLS. He will sit down with you and discuss the different options you have set before you. Then you all will pick out the one that best fits you. He never compares you to anyone else that he sees. He will make sure your family and you are completely aware of all risks before you even think about a surgery date. They have a great support system after the surgery too. They have a dietician on staff that can answer any question you may have about eating before and after surgery. I have a special place in my heart for Dr. Suggs and his staff. They have changed my life for the better. They are all so knowledgeable about the surgeries they perform daily. If I had to do the surgery all over again I would not change a thing! Thanks Ginny, Kathy, and Dr. Suggs!” – Jamie.1027*

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Sleeve Gastrectomy

Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy

The laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy is a restrictive procedure in which 85-90 % of the volume of the stomach is removed, but the gastric sleeve and the rest of the GI tract are in continuity. Nothing is bypassed.  And the sleeve is not a device, like the lap band, but the new tubular shape of your stomach.  In Dr. Suggs experience, the sleeve has similar results to the gastric bypass.  It’s even pretty effective in curing or relieving diabetes.  It’s very effective in improving or curing high blood pressure, sleep apnea, asthma, heart disease, joint pain, and acid reflux.  The surgery is performed laparoscopically through tiny incisions, and most people go home from the hospital the day after surgery.  Most patients are back to work in 2-3 weeks, but often in less time.

sleeve01How it works

  • Originated with the duodenal switch operation, a 2 part operation
  • Surgeons found that weight loss was so good with the sleeve operation, that they did not need to do the 2nd operation (the switch)
  • Now the most common bariatric operation in the US
  • Rapid initial weight loss*
  • Stomach with intact pylorus
  • If a patients has a hiatal hernia, that is also corrected during the sleeve surgery
  • Eliminates a portion of the stomach that produces Ghrelin
  • Minimizes ulcers, risk of intestinal obstruction (blockage), anemia, osteoporosis, protein deficiency and vitamin deficiency

Advantages

  • Rapid initial weight loss
  • Stomach with intact pylorus
  • Eliminates a portion of the stomach that produces Ghrelin
  • Minimizes ulcers, risk of intestinal obstruction (blockage), anemia, osteoporosis, protein deficiency and vitamin deficiency
  • Can be converted to almost any other weight loss procedure

sleeve02Results

  • Average of 70% excess weight loss*
  • >50% excess weight loss long term*
  • Fastest weight loss in 1st 6 months
  • The more obese you are, the faster the loss
  • The older you are, the slower the loss
  • Weight loss stabilizes at 18 months with small regain
  • You lose fat but not skin
  • Generally, not hungry

Risks

As with any surgery, there can be risks like leak from the staple line (<0.14%), risk of infection (<0.5%), bleeding (<2%), and pulmonary embolism (<.04%).  There’s also the risk of the sleeve being too tight, which could result in nausea and the need to stay on liquids for a couple of months after surgery.  Some patients may have temporary hair loss while rapidly losing weight.

Qualifications:

  • BMI 40+.  No comorbidities necessary.
  • Or BMI 35-39 with an obesity related comorbidities such as diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, or heart disease.
  • Age 18-70 years
  • Smoke-free for at least 2 months prior to surgery and a commitment to stay smoke –free.
  • Previous failed attempts at dieting.

Insurance Coverage:

  • If your insurance covers bariatric surgery, they should also cover the laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy.  Note that you will have copays and deductibles.
  • Note that most insurances also have additional requirements for approval for surgery, such as 6-months of physician supervised diet, 3 years of primary care physician records, and psychology clearance.
  • For those whose insurance does not cover bariatric surgery, the total cost (all-inclusive) is $9,995.

Our Patients


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Pre-Op

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6 months Post!

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