Sleeve gastrectomy is the newest advance in weight loss surgery. It offers the advantages of both bypass and banding without the common complications. Like gastric banding, sleeve gastrectomy is a restrictive operation. You will feel full and satisfied with a small meal. You will not require an implanted band or its adjustments. Like gastric bypass, patients lose on average more than 60% of their excess weight, but without the risk of common gastric bypass complications like ulcers or anastomotic stricture.
Sleeve gastrectomy has an important advantage over the other operations in that a portion of the stomach is permanently removed. This portion is the area of the stomach that produces the hormone of hunger ” Ghrelin”. Patients report significantly less hunger after sleeve gastrectomy. It is a wonderful feeling to lose weight without hunger.
Gastric sleeve is performed laparoscopically and it takes between 30 minutes and an hour.
During the operation about 80% of the stomach is removed, leaving a slender, tubular or “sleeve shaped”stomach.