Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy
Sleeve Gastrectomy surgery makes the stomach smaller by using a stapler to divide the stomach vertically and turn it into a long, narrow tube (or sleeve). This change in size allows you to feel full more quickly than when your stomach was its original size. Thus, fewer calories are consumed which leads to weight loss.
Sleeve Gastrectomy has gained popularity due to its simplicity, improved weight loss, and less intensive follow-up when compared to laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding. This is a restrictive procedure that limits food intake by dividing and reducing the size of the stomach. The remaining larger portion of the stomach is then permanently removed. Unlike Gastric Bypass, in this procedure there is no rerouting of intestines.
- Patients lose about 50-70 percent of excess weight in 12-24 months.
- This is a newer operation, and therefore information is lacking on long term outcomes when compared to laparoscopic gastric bypass and adjustable gastric banding.