The newest of the weight loss operations is the sleeve gastrectomy. With this procedure, the outer crescent of the stomach is resected resulting in a stomach that resembles a tube. Its capacity is reduced by approximately 75% and it is generally 3-5 ounces in capacity. There is no manipulation of the intestines. Patients lose weight because of the decreased capacity of the stomach to hold food. Additionally, the portion of the stomach that is removed is the area of the stomach where a major hormone that regulates appetite is produced. Patients generally experience a dramatic reduction of hunger after the procedure.
In many respects, the sleeve can be considered the compromise between the gastric bypass and the band for both weight loss results and complications. The operation takes about 1 hour to perform and the hospital stay is 1-2 days. The major complications include leakage from the staple line (1-2%), narrowing of the sleeve (2%) and bleeding (2%). Like the gastric bypass, after the sleeve gastrectomy, patients may not absorb enough vitamins from their diet alone and must take daily vitamin supplements.
Watch our Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy surgical video to see how our team performs this minimally invasive procedure.
This page was last modified on 9/18/2015