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Gastric Sleeve

What is Sleeve Gastrectomy?

New_Sleeve_Gastrectomy_LabeledThe restrictive bariatric surgery known as the gastric sleeve procedure or Sleeve gastrectomy involves surgically creating a small, sleeve-shaped stomach. Through this bariatric surgical procedure the stomach puch is reduced to about the size and shape of a banana.Sleeve Gastrectomy

The Sleeve gastrectomy procedure is a method of treatment for patients whose Body Mass Index (BMI) is at or above 60. In many cases the gastric sleeves is the first procedure in a two-part treatment that may also include gastric bypass.

The resolution of Co-morbid conditions (meaning the presence of at least one disorder in addition to the primary disease) was seen 12 to 24 months after sleeve gastrectomy in roughly 345 patients. Additionally, those who underwent a sleeve gastrectomy bariatric procedure experienced resolution rates for several other disorders, which included type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and obstructive sleep apnea. Rates of resolution were analogous between the gastric sleeve procedure and other restrictive procedures such as gastric banding.

How Does Sleeve Gastrectomy Provide Weight Loss?

Sleeve Gastrectomy provides weight loss by reducing the size of the stomach by about 85%, while the stomach functions the same the amount of calorie intake is reduced significantly, patients will begin losing weight over time as they are able to burn more calories than they gain. Not only are patients able to lose weight by consuming less food, the amount of hormones the stomach produces that stimulate hunger are also reduced significantly allowing patients to control their diet with ease.

Can the Sleeve Gastrectomy Be Reversed?

Unlike many other forms of bariatric surgery, the sleeve gastrectomy cannot be reversed.

What are the benefits of a sleeve gastrectomy?

Does not involve any bypass of the intestines
Fewer food restrictions when compared to other weight loss surgeries
Natural Digestion; digestive tract is unchanged
Doesn’t require future adjustments
Can be performed laparoscopically