Sleeve Gastrectomy Specialist

David L. Chengelis, MD -  - Advanced Laparoscopic Surgeon

Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery, PC

David L. Chengelis, MD

Advanced Laparoscopic Surgeon located in Royal Oak, MI

If you are obese, trying to lose weight can feel like an impossible task. Fortunately, Dr. David Chengelis provides laparoscopic gastric sleeve procedures at Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery, P.C. in Royal Oak, Michigan. This minimally invasive procedure reduces the space available in your stomach, which helps you control what you eat. If you’re in the Greater Detroit area and ready to commit to changing your health and your appearance with weight loss, call or schedule a consultation online today. Dr. Chengelis participates in multidisciplinary weight loss programs that include nutritionist, psychologists, medical evaluations, at both Beaumont and Unisource weightloss programs. All surgeries are performed at Beaumont Health, Royal Oak Hospital.

Sleeve Gastrectomy Q & A

What is a gastric sleeve procedure?

The gastric sleeve procedure — medically known as a sleeve gastrectomy — is a bariatric surgery that reduces the space available in your stomach by 70%-80%. Dr. Chengelis removes a portion of your stomach, leaving a narrow tube which becomes the new stomach.  With less space available, you must eat much smaller portions, which lessens your calorie intake so you can lose weight. Removing a large portion of the stomach appears to change the body’s metabolism as well which is a very powerful contributor to not only weight loss but preventing weight regain so common in medical diets alone.

Some of the advantages of a gastric sleeve procedure are effective weight loss with a lower risk of extreme changes to the hormones produced in your stomach. If you have Type 2 diabetes, you may notice an improvement in your blood sugar levels and symptoms, independent of your weight loss.  

What happens during a gastric sleeve procedure?

Dr. Chengelis uses minimally invasive laparoscopic or robotic surgical techniques to perform gastric sleeve surgery. This means that instead of making a large incision in your abdomen, he uses special surgical tools to remove part of your stomach through just a small incision in your abdomen. Sophisticated camera, either by laparoscope or robot and instruments enable the surgeon to create the new small stomach tube.

What should I expect during recovery?

You’ll need 3 to 7 days to recover from the surgery, but you can usually go home within 24 hours of your procedure. Dr. Chengelis uses minimally invasive surgical techniques that have quicker healing times than traditional open surgery and also have a reduced risk of scarring and infection.

Your biggest adjustment will be eating much smaller meals. In the first few weeks following your gastric sleeve surgery, you may only be able to have small amounts of liquid. Dr. Chengelis works with a team including a nutritionist to help you adjust to your new way of eating and ensure you get the vitamins and nutrients your body needs.

Who is a good candidate for a gastric sleeve?

If you have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher or want to lose 80 pounds or more, you may be a good candidate for the gastric sleeve. Similarly, if your BMI is 35-39 and you have weight-related health complications like diabetes, you may benefit from gastric sleeve surgery.

If you’re interested in bariatric surgery, schedule a consultation with Dr. Chengelis to learn more about the procedure and if it’s right for you. Call or book online today.