Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery
Sleeve gastrectomy surgery is a restrictive form of weight loss surgery that removes up to 85 percent of the stomach to reduce hunger and enhance weight loss. The sleeve gastrectomy procedure is also known as gastric sleeve surgery and as vertical sleeve gastrectomy. Unlike duodenal switch and gastric bypass, this bariatric procedure does not require alterations to the small intestine.
During the gastric sleeve procedure, a large portion of the stomach is physically removed from the body. The remaining portion of the stomach is left in a banana-shaped sleeve that stretches from the base of the esophagus to the small intestine.
By removing a large portion of the stomach, the gastric sleeve procedure reduces stomach capacity, thus reducing the amount of food that can be comfortably consumed at one time. The removal of the large portion of the stomach also reduces the production of hormones that contribute to hunger.
Benefits of Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery
By physically removing a large portion of the stomach, the gastric sleeve procedure takes a two-fold approach to fighting hunger by reducing stomach capacity and halting hormone production.
Gastric sleeve surgery helps patients lose an average of 55 percent of their excess body weight.
By encouraging weight loss, gastric sleeve surgery can reduce your risk of developing, as well as reduce the onset of, several obesity related diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension and heart disease.
Other benefits of sleeve gastrectomy surgery include:
- No post-surgical adjustments required (unlike Lap Band surgery).
- Does not alter the digestive tract, allowing the digestion process to continue smoothly and reducing risk of nutrient and vitamin deficiency common after malabsorptive bariatric procedures