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Gastric Sleeve (Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy)
The Gastric Sleeve, which is also called Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy - or Sleeve for short - is a restrictive bariatric surgery. It generates weight loss by restricting the amount of food that can be eaten without any bypass of the intestines or malabsorption. The stomach is cut vertically and more than 85 percent is removed. The remaining stomach is shaped like a thin banana and measures from 2-5 ounces. Therefore, the stomach left is physically much smaller. In addition, the part of the stomach that is removed is where some hunger hormones are made. This results in a decrease in appetite.
Previously performed for only those who are high risk or super-super-obese - today the gastric sleeve is being performed on patients who are interested in avoiding a foreign body and/or do not want to maintain follow-up care through routine adjustments of a gastric band. Our surgeons can help you understand the benefits, process, and risks associated with the gastric sleeve surgery.
No dumping syndrome
Minimizes chance of ulcer occurring
Chance of nutritional deficiencies are almost eliminated
Eliminates the portion of the stomach that produces the hormones that stimulates hunger
Potential leaks and other complications related to stapling may occur
Ultimately, there are various appropriate treatment modalities for each patient, and surgeons must use their judgment in selecting from among the different feasible treatment options.