What is this surgery?

In the gastric sleeve operation, the surgeon removes part of the stomach. This procedure can either be executed using the laparoscopic technique of making small incisions or by making a single, large incision along the abdomen. Reducing the stomach down to less than half its original size, the surgeon seals the stomach to form a tubular passage that will reduce the patient’s consumption of calories and cause them to lose weight over time.

How does this surgery work?

Gastric Sleeve Operation removes 75-80% of the stomach.

The new stomach pouch holds considerably less than the normal stomach and helps to reduce the amount of food you can eat in one sitting comfortably. The food also moves faster in the new stomach pouch.

There is a significant effect on gut hormones that help you feel less hungry and fuller longer.

Who should do this surgery?

Patients with BMI levels over 40 can safely undergo this procedure, so long as they are not experiencing any comorbidities that might compromise their health or recovery after surgery.

What are the benefits of this surgery?

  • The gastric sleeve procedure is highly popular among patients who wish to avoid the implantation of a foreign body into their system and also among patients avoiding alteration to their intestinal tract.
  • This method of weight loss also offers two forms of diet restriction by reducing the size of the stomach which causes patients to feel fuller faster and decreasing the amount of the Ghrelin hormone in their body which creates the sensation of hunger.
  • Fewer follow-up appointments are necessary for this procedure.
  • Since the gastric sleeve does not interfere with the intestinal tract, the body is not susceptible to malabsorption, vitamin deficiency, or anastomosis of the gastrointestinal tract.
  • Patients who undergo a gastric sleeve surgery typically experience up to 30% excess weight loss in a three-month period and up to 65% excess weight loss in a two year period.