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Vertical Gastrectomy in San Francisco

Vertical gastrectomy diagramVertical gastrectomy in San Francisco is a relatively safe and effective option for many obese individuals, particularly those with a very high body mass index (BMI). Like LAP-BAND® surgery, this is a restrictive procedure, involving no reconfiguration of the intestines, so it is a good option for those with pre-existing health issues such as Crohn's Disease, liver disease, or other conditions which make them too high risk for malabsorptive procedures.

How It Works

The vertical gastrectomy reduces gastric capacity by approximately 85% by removing the greater curvature of the stomach. The remaining stomach is shaped like a banana, and has a volume of less than 3 ounces. This approach preserves the normal gastric emptying because the pyloric valve is left intact, so there is no risk of Dumping Syndrome, often associated with gastric bypass in San Francisco. Other advantages of vertical gastrectomy include:

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  • Excellent initial weight loss with a minimum of side effects
  • No foreign body placement, such as a silicone band
  • Eliminates the production of hunger-stimulating hormones
  • Most types of food can still be consumed, but in small quantities

This surgery is fairly simple, thus the risk of complications is reduced. Dietary patterns must be adjusted to promote long-term, sustained weight loss. It is a good option for many people considering restrictive procedures like LAP-BAND surgery in the Bay Area.


If you would like to find out more about vertical gastrectomy in San Francisco, click here to request a consultation with Dr. John Rabkin at Pacific Laparoscopy. Or you can call our office at 415-668-3200 to schedule your appointment.

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