Sleeve gastrectomy, also known as vertical sleeve gastrectomy, is another surgical weight-loss procedure performed at our clinic. This procedure is typically performed laparoscopically, which involves inserting small instruments through multiple small incisions in the upper abdomen. During sleeve gastrectomy, about 80 percent of the stomach is removed, leaving a tube-shaped stomach about the size and shape of a banana. Limiting the size of your stomach restricts the amount of food you are able to consume. In addition, the procedure prompts hormonal changes that assist with weight loss. The same hormonal changes also help relieve conditions associated with being overweight, such as high blood pressure or heart disease.
Sleeve gastrectomy is done to help you lose excess weight and reduce your risk of potentially life-threatening weight-related health problems, including:
Sleeve gastrectomy is typically done only after you've tried to lose weight by improving your diet and exercise habits.
In general, sleeve gastrectomy surgery could be an option for you if:
As with any major surgery, sleeve gastrectomy poses potential health risks, both in the short term and long term.
Risks associated with the sleeve gastrectomy can include:
Once you qualify for sleeve gastrectomy, our clinic team will provide you with instructions on how to prepare for surgery. This includes various lab tests and exams.
Sleeve gastrectomy is done in the hospital. Depending on your recovery, your hospital stay may last one to two or three nights.
Following sleeve gastrectomy, your initial diet consists of only liquids, then gradually pureed foods will be introduced into your diet. Our patients will work with our in-staff dietician to establish a diet that fits your lifestyle and nutrition needs.
You may be required to take a multivitamin twice a day, a calcium supplement once a day, and a vitamin B-12 injection once a month for life. However, this depends completely on your post-surgery lab work.
Sleeve gastrectomy can provide long-term weight loss. The amount of weight you lose depends on your change in lifestyle habits. It is possible to lose approximately 60 percent, or even more, of your excess weight within two years.
in addition to weight loss, sleeve gastrectomy may improve or resolve conditions related to being overweight, including: