What is Sleeve Gastrectomy?
Sleeve Gastrectomy is a restrictive surgery that permanently reduces the size of the stomach by about 85 percent. This procedure is helpful for patients who wish to lose weight but have health conditions that make other procedures less safe.
During a Sleeve Gastrectomy, a surgeon removes the larger, rounded part of the stomach, and the remaining portion of the stomach looks like a sleeve that holds 15 percent as much food as the original stomach. This is the only bariatric surgery that part of the stomach is actually taken out of the body.
Unlike Gastric Bypass, which changes stomach openings, Sleeve Gastrectomy leaves the openings intact.
- Safer than gastric bypass for patients who have a number of health risks.
- The surgery cuts away the part of the stomach that produces ghrelin, a stomach hormone that stimulates hunger.
- Although the stomach is smaller, the openings are left intact and that allows digestion to go on as normal.
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