Sleeve Gastrectomy Weight Loss Surgery
Sleeve gastrectomy patients may experience dramatic weight loss, but they have a reduced risk of developing some of the complications associated with gastric bypass. This surgery option does not reroute the intestinal tract.
This laparoscopic procedure is a restrictive surgery that removes approximately 75 percent of the stomach. In addition to limiting the amount of food a patient can consume, this reduction in stomach size results in the body producing less of the hormones that stimulate hunger. As a result, patients often experience long-term appetite suppression.
During the sleeve gastrectomy procedure, a thin vertical sleeve of stomach is created using a stapling device. The sleeve-shaped stomach remaining is longer than the stomach pouch created during Roux-en-Y gastric bypass — and is about the size of a banana.