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Vertical Gastrectomy (VG) Weight Loss Surgery

A Safe and Effective Surgical Weight-Loss Procedure for Highest-Risk Patients or those that Want to Minimize the Risk of Weight Loss Surgery

A relatively new procedure, the Vertical Gastrectomy/Gastroplasty was developed to minimize postoperative complications for our highest-risk patients. It is ideal for older patients (>50 years old) and extremely obese patients (BMI>50), due to excellent weight loss and minimal incidence of complications or postoperative problems.

How Vertical Gastrectomy Weight-Loss Surgery Works

The Surgical Weight Loss Center of HawaiiSM performs all VG weight-loss surgery procedures laparoscopically - even in patients weighing as much as 550 pounds. Here's how the operation works:

1) The surgeon staples the stomach vertically, removing the part of the stomach responsible for storing the majority of food and causing patients to get hungry.
2) The surgeon then removes about 90-95% of the stomach, leaving a small, thin, tube-like stomach with a capacity of about 2 ounces (50-60cc).

This procedure generally takes about 90 minutes to perform. Patients can expect a hospital stay of 1-3 days after this type of weight-loss surgery and the ability to return to work and normal activities very quickly.

Vertical Gastrectomy Works Safely and Quickly

Large and rapid weight loss and very few complications - even in patients weighing 500 pounds or more - make VG weight-loss surgery a smart choice for many patients. On average, patients lose 1/2 to 1 pound or more per day after this surgery; we have witnessed weight losses of more than 250 pounds in a year.

Because there is no malabsorption or rearrangement of the intestinal tract, vitamin deficiencies or nutritional problems are almost non-existent after this procedure.

Post-Op Dietary Plan for the Vertical Gastrectomy

Following surgery, it is imperative that VG patients adhere to a strict postoperative diet. Patients are placed on a liquid-based diet for 2 weeks after surgery; 4-6 weeks after the operation, they graduate to a 600-800 calorie/day solid diet. Most patients can consume about 1000-1200 calories per day once their goal weight is achieved (usually 1-2 years after surgery).

Long-Term Results with Vertical Gastrectomy Weight Loss Surgery

Patients who undergo Vertical Gastrectomy surgery experience a 70-80% loss of excess weight, on average.

Consider VG Weight-Loss Surgery

Is Vertical Gastrectomy right for you? First, determine your Body Mass Index with our BMI Calculator, then learn more about the specific requirements and benefits of each type of bariatric surgery we offer.

To begin the process of improving your life with a Vertical Gastrectomy procedure, first register for an appointment. The information gathered there is used to help qualify you for a procedure. If you're ready for a surgical consultation with Dr. Cirangle, please contact us via email or call directly, 808-561-5511.

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Bridget I.
- Dr. Cirangle is fantastic. My initial consultation went great. My surgery went great. I'm looking forward to working with him for the next 3 years. I highly recommend him for the lap-band procedure.
Harley F.
"I felt Dr. Cirangle was the first person I have ever met that understood me and offered a permanent solution. His integrity was impeccable. Both he and his staff were always prompt and courteous. I really can't think of anything I don't like about him - I would rate him a 10 out of 10."
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"Dr Cirangle is a young surgeon who I have total confidence in - for a nurse to say this is a good thing! He was easy going but very informative. He really seems to care and is very good with his patients. He is down to earth and you can actually tell he loves his job, and that is a big plus for me."