Sleeve Gastrectomy

Learn more about vertical sleeve gastrectomy procedures

Are you considering surgical weight loss? The gastric sleeve, also known as vertical sleeve gastrectomy, may be right for you. This procedure combines the reliability of gastric bypass surgery with the simplicity of gastric banding, providing an overall more efficient and rewarding experience for each patient*.

The Gastric Sleeve may allow patients* to:

  • Eat less while still feeling full.
  • Avoid obesity and secondary illnesses through significant, sustained weight loss.
  • Achieve results similar to gastric bypass without the unnecessary movement of organs.
  • Lose weight without the need for band adjustments or follow-up appointments.
  • Avoid drastic changes in stomach nutrient absorption.
  • How does it work?

    The surgery is minimally invasive and involves the removal of a section of the stomach called the greater curve (the outer side of the stomach). This leaves a narrow tubular section of the stomach that fills quickly with food. When completed, the operation leaves a narrow tubular section of stomach to carry food into the intestine, which is not disturbed.

    With much smaller eating, patients lose substantial weight*. The gastric sleeve does not create significant changes in nutrient absorption for patients. We do recommend supplemental vitamins and lab follow-up due to the dramatically lower food intake.

    The Operation

    With this operation, the pylorus is preserved. The pylorus acts like a valve to slowly allow food to go into the small intestine. There is no rearrangement of bowel, which means there is no dumping syndrome. The intestine is not bypassed so there is very little micronutrient deficiency.

    Surgery is done with 5 to 6 small incisions. Typical hospital stay is overnight but there is however a small drain which will be removed in 6 days in the office. A typical patient can return to work in a week, with little restriction.

    The bulk of the stomach is resected, where the stomach is now fashioned into a tube with the volume about 100 cc. This decreases the volume of food intake, and results in a full sensation. Decreased production of the hormone ghrelin, which is also responsible for the feeling of fullness.