Gastric Sleeve (VSG) in Gulfport, MS

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A gastric sleeve procedure, also known as a vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG), can assist our patients who need to lose a significant amount of weight by reducing the size of their stomach by almost 80%. The remaining stomach portion is formed into a tube or banana-shaped stomach. The gastric sleeve procedure assists in weight loss by removing the part of the stomach that produces the "hunger hormone" ghrelin which is thought to boost one's appetite, and by reducing the stomach size, making the patient feel full much faster. We are proud to be able to offer the best cash pay rate - most cost effective option available around the Gulf Coast region. We also do not charge extra patient fees to join us like most surrounding weight loss surgery programs. For more information about the gastric sleeve (VSG) and how it may benefit your weight loss journey, contact Dr. Donald Balder at Mississippi Institute of Weight Loss & Gulf Coast Aesthetics today.

A vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG) procedure performed at Mississippi Institute of Weight Loss Surgery & Gulf Coast Aesthetics is an effective and reliable method for producing significant weight loss. Dr. Balder and his experienced team can bring you life-changing results by shrinking the stomach and neutralizing hunger hormones. Benefits of gastric sleeve surgery include:

  • Significant weight loss for those who are considerably overweight
  • Decreasing the size of the stomach by up to 80%
  • Curbing hunger
  • Eliminating type 2 diabetes or putting it into remission
  • Improving cardiovascular health
  • Long-lasting results
  • Better movement and joint pain relief
  • May benefit a variety of medical conditions
  • Boosting self-esteem and mental health

The best candidates for gastric sleeve surgery at Mississippi Institute of Weight Loss & Gulf Coast Aesthetics usually meet the following qualifications:

  • A body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher or a BMI of 35 or higher plus an additional obesity-related health condition like type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, or hypertension
  • Have tried to lose weight in the past and were not successful
  • Are prepared to commit to significant lifestyle and dietary changes
  • Do not have health conditions that would make vertical sleeve gastrectomy too risky
  • Can devote time to recovery and extensive follow-up care

If you have any questions about your eligibility for a VSG procedure, please contact our office and schedule a consultation with Dr. Balder and his team.

When you come in for your gastric sleeve surgery, you will be placed under anesthesia. Dr. Balder will make several small incisions in your upper abdomen and insert the surgical instruments and camera. The blood vessels attached to the section of the stomach that will be removed are sealed and cut. Next, a Bougie tube will be used to measure the size of the new stomach. A stapling device will then divide the stomach into two parts. The excess portion will be removed from the abdomen, leaving the new stomach with approximately 20 – 25% of the original stomach volume.


What Can I Expect After Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

You will likely stay one night or more in the hospital one day before you're released to go home. Once home, you'll need to remain on a clear liquid diet, followed by a liquid diet. Don't worry, we'll give you some meal suggestions. You can expect to progress from a liquid diet to a puree diet to a soft-food diet. Once it's time to start eating regular food, you'll need to begin slowly. Eat smaller meals, eat slowly, and chew each bite very well. If you don't, you may experience vomiting.

It could take about a month before you've recovered enough to get back to work. We will work with you so you know when the best time to start working again is based on your healing progress and job type. You can expect to have several follow-up visits so we can ensure the procedure went well, you're healing properly, and you're on track to get the results we expect.

Dr Balder has the best beside manners! He makes you feel very important even if you are not the patient! His work is awesome! I would definitely recommend him and in the future he will always be a part of our life!! Thank you Dr Balder

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He did my surgery over two years ago. Any problems I had he fixed. I only had one issue after surgery and he immediately addressed it and I have been fine. I went from a size 22 to a size10. Have not gain any of it back and don't intend to. Followed his instructions to a T. He tells you in the beginning he is no nonsense and I appreciated that about him. I was ready to change my life and needed the toughness do it. Can't speak to anybody else's experience but I am grateful to him.

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The staff makes everyone feel comfortable and welcomed. Dr. Balder treated me with compassion and true understanding

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The staff is very friendly and helpful. Dr. Balder makes sure you understand everything, and he thoroughly answers all questions.

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If you have more than 100 pounds to lose and have tried other weight loss programs without success, gastric sleeve surgery may be a solution. This procedure is an effective and proven weight loss method for those ready to lose weight and become healthier. To determine if you are a good candidate for a gastric sleeve (VSG) in Gulfport, MS, or to find out more about the benefits of weight loss surgery, contact Mississippi Institute of Weight Loss & Gulf Coast Aesthetics today to request an appointment with Dr. Donald Balder.

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How long will it be until I can eat solid foods again after gastric sleeve surgery?
The timeline for returning to solid foods will vary, depending on your recovery and progress through the stages of healing that Dr. Balder lays out during the consultation process. However, many patients can return to eating solid foods, such as chicken and fish, after approximately a month.
What changes will I have to make to my diet in the future?

After your recovery is mostly complete and you return to eating solid foods and regular meals, there are still dietary changes you need to maintain. These include:

  • Avoiding high-calorie sodas and snacks
  • Not drinking water or other liquid while eating, as this could cause your stomach to overfill
  • Chewing all solid food thoroughly before swallowing
  • Avoiding overeating
  • No alcohol for at least the first six months after your surgery, or until you have medical permission to

This is not a comprehensive list, and Dr. Balder and the team at Mississippi Institute of Weight Loss Surgery & Gulf Coast Aesthetics may have additional dietary measures for you to follow.

What are the risks associated with gastric sleeve surgery?
Gastric sleeve surgery is an effective tool that helps men and women lose weight, but some risks are involved. Due to the nature of the surgery, there are a few short-term issues that can arise, such as bleeding, pain, and blood clots. In the long term, patients may have problems due to a lack of nutrition if they do not eat the right foods or follow aftercare instructions closely. In addition, if the patient does not monitor their eating habits, the gastric sleeve can dilate and allow larger amounts of food to be consumed. Though uncommon, other complications can occur, such as stomach ulcers, nausea, stomach obstructions, or an abscess.
Does insurance cover gastric sleeve surgery?

Usually, but it depends on your individual insurance plan and policy. Some insurance providers may offer coverage for medically necessary weight loss surgeries, including gastric sleeve, for patients who meet specific criteria, such as a certain body mass index (BMI) and documented obesity-related health conditions. Our knowledgeable team at Mississippi Institute of Weight Loss & Gulf Coast Aesthetics can assist in verifying your insurance benefits and provide guidance on the coverage options available to you.

How long does gastric sleeve surgery take to perform?

Compared to other surgeries for weight loss, gastric sleeve surgery is a quicker, shorter process. Gastric sleeve surgery usually takes approximately 1 – 2 hours to complete at Mississippi Institute of Weight Loss & Gulf Coast Aesthetics. Afterward, you will be asked to stay in the hospital for 24 – 48 hours to monitor your recovery.

Is gastric sleeve reversible?

No. Gastric sleeve surgery at Mississippi Institute of Weight Loss & Gulf Coast Aesthetics involves removing a portion of the stomach, so it cannot be reversed. Once the stomach is reshaped into a smaller sleeve, it remains in its new form. It is important to consider this factor when deciding on if gastric sleeve surgery is right for you.

*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.