The Gastric Sleeve procedure removes approximately 70-80% of the stomach.
The benefit of the procedure is rapid weight loss prompted by the smaller stomach size. Typically within the first year after surgery, a patient can expect to lose 50-80% of their excess body weight. Additionally, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, obstructive sleep apnea, and Type 2 diabetes can be completely resolved or significantly improved.
The Gastric Sleeve surgery goes by different names such as sleeve gastrectomy, the sleeve, vertical sleeve gastrectomy, laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, and the lap sleeve.
What to Expect
The image explains the visual vertical sleeve gastrectomy Austin, TX procedure.
Advantages of the Gastric Sleeve over the Lap Band include:
- Chemical hunger suppression
- No foreign body
- No adjustments
- Easier follow-up
- Can eat more natural portions
- No long term risks related to a foreign body such as malfunction, erosion and slippage
- Reported better weight loss and diabetes improvement
The procedure involves resecting or removing approximately 80% of the stomach. This is accomplished by using a surgical stapler and a sizing tube which leave the stomach the shape of a slender banana. The procedure works by providing restriction, meaning smaller portion sizes during meals. The advantage of this procedure is that the restriction is not as dramatic as seen in the lap band or the gastric bypass. In addition, some of the pioneers in this procedure believe that there are some metabolic advantages with the gastric sleeve. These thoughts are based on significantly improved control of diabetes and hypertension without a proportionally significant amount of weight loss.