The Gastric Sleeve Weight Loss Operation

Did you know that Dr. Simpson was the first surgeon in Arizona to offer the gastric sleeve as a stand-alone procedure? We have a long experience with the gastric sleeve as a stand-alone operation for weight loss. It wasn’t “approved” unless part of a study, and so for a number of years we focused on the Lap-Band. Now the sleeve has been approved as a procedure for weight loss with most insurance companies we wanted to give an alternative to the Lap-Band so it was natural that we returned to doing a procedure that we pioneered.

What has changed in the last few years about this operation (a) the staples are better (b) it can often be done as an outpatient procedure. The Gastric Sleeve does not require physical maintenance such as the Lap-band’s adjustments. We have also had a very few patients reject Lap-band surgery just because they knew themselves – they knew that Lap-band adjustments were not for them.

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