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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
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
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
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
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.