Advantages & Disadvantages of Sleeve Gastrectomy

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012, 5:49 pm


You all know about the gastric band procedure as a weight loss solution, but did you know there is another procedure that can give you amazing results as well?

Sleeve GastrectomyThe sleeve gastrectomy (gastric sleeve) is a restrictive form of bariatric surgery that shrinks the stomach to approximately 15% of its original size. It is commonly performed on severely obese patients who are not healthy enough to undergo a successful gastric bypass or similar weight loss surgery. The procedure enables rapid weight loss with fewer complications than the more conventional weight loss surgeries.

The following is a list to summarize the pros and cons of sleeve gastrectomy in comparison to other bariatric techniques:


  • No malabsorptive complications or related deficiencies
  • No risk of ulcer
  • Gastric dumping syndrome is largely avoided
  • Normally laparoscopic, reducing recovery time
  • Removes gland that secretes Ghrelin, hunger hormone
  • No foreign bodies (bands, tubes etc) permanently inside body
  • No “tightening” needed for further weight loss


  • Considered investigational or experimental by some insurance companies
  • Relatively few doctors perform this surgery
  • Weight regain more likely
  • Irreversible

Recent reports showed that the Sleeve Gastrectomy procedure is nearly as effective as Gastric Bypass in reducing co-morbidities associated with obesity:

Resolved Improved
Type 2 Diabetes 56% 37%
High Blood Pressure 49% 29%
High Cholesterol 43% 38%
Obstructive Sleep Apnea 60% 33%


If you are interested in learning more about this procedure or would like to schedule your free consultation, give us a call today. Our bariatric surgeon is specially trained to perform the sleeve gastrectomy and can answer any questions you may have!



Category: Weight Loss Surgery

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