The sleeve gastorectomy is an innovative new surgical solution for people who are morbidly obese, defined as having a body mass index over 40. In this procedure, the stomach is permanently reduced to 10-15% of its original size by removing a section of the stomach leaving a tube shape, which is sealed closed with staples. Performed with minimally-invasive laparoscopy, the sleeve gastrectomy, also known as the vertical gastrectomy, is a permanent weight loss solution. It has several advantages over other bariatric weight loss options.
The Sleeve Advantage
One of the major advantages of sleeve gastrectomy is that it removes the stomach cells that produce the hunger hormone, ghrelin. By drastically reducing ghrelin production, the patient’s appetite and sensation of hunger is dramatically reduced or eliminated.
- No intestinal bypass or foreign body required
- No adjustments needed
- Weight loss equal to or better than bypass or band
- Safest for patients over 400 pounds
- Leaves intestinal tract intact
- Allows normal stomach function
After the gastric sleeve resection procedure patients who had previously suffered from diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol show great improvement even after a few months. (These improvements are comparable with those studies seen after other weight loss surgeries.)
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