A sleeve gastrectomy is a procedure to make your stomach smaller, so that you feel full a lot quicker. The surgery can be done using a minimally invasive approach with small incisions in your abdomen. The bariatric surgeon removes a large portion of the stomach, approximately 60 to 80%, leaving a banana-shaped “sleeve.” The remaining portion of the stomach extends from the entrance of the esophagus to the opening of the small intestine. This procedure takes approximately one hour and you’ll be under general anesthesia.
Along with gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy is one of the most common bariatric procedures performed in the U.S. – with similar long-term success rates and resolution of weigh-related co-morbidities.
Benefits of this surgery may include:
- Elimination of prescription drugs
- Increased stamina and energy levels
- Improved self-esteem
- Relief from chronic joint pain
- Resolution of diabetes
How is Sleeve Gastrectomy different from other bariatric surgeries?
Unlike gastric bypass and duodenal switch, a sleeve gastrectomy doesn’t rearrange the digestive system. This means a shorter surgery time, lower complication rate, and quicker recovery. It also doesn’t leave any foreign objects in the body like a LAP-BAND®, which leaves a silicone band around the upper portion of your stomach, and requires regular adjustments at the doctor’s office.
What are some other benefits of Gastric Sleeve surgery?
All weight loss surgeries have gradual weight loss and require major lifestyle changes for success. In the first two years after a sleeve gastrectomy most people will lose more than 50% of their excess body weight.
Learn more: Watch free, animated online programs that walk you through important information about gastric bypass surgeries:
- Bariatric Surgery
- Gastric Banding (Adjustable)
- Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass
- LAP-BAND Surgery
- Sleeve Gastrectomy
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