Sleeve Gastrectomy

Sleeve gastrectomy is a weight loss surgery that restricts food intake by permanently reshaping the stomach into a smaller sleeve-like pouch leading directly to the intestines.

What is Sleeve Gastrectomy?

During the sleeve gastrectomy procedure, weight loss surgeons remove 75-85% of the stomach, creating a smaller gastric sack. This “sleeve” remains connected to the intestines so that food is digested normally.

sleeve gastrectomyAfter Sleeve Gastrectomy

The stomach removal that occurs as part of the sleeve gastrectomy procedure aids weight loss in two ways: the remaining sleeve holds significantly less food, and by removing much of the stomach, surgeons are also removing the source for a hormone, Ghrelin, that is responsible for hunger. Sleeve gastrectomy patients experience less hunger and feel full more quickly.



Sleeve Gastrectomy Results

Along with making changes to diet and incorporating exercise, most sleeve gastrectomy patients lose 30 to 50 percent of their excess body weight within a year of the sleeve gastrectomy procedure.

Am I a Candidate for Sleeve Gastrectomy?

Candidates for the sleeve gastrectomy procedure will have a Body Mass Index (BMI) above 40, which translates to 100 pounds overweight for men and 80 pounds for women.  Surgery may also be an option for people with a BMI between 35 and 40 who suffer from chronic or life threatening complications associated with obesity.

Sleeve Gastrectomy Benefits

Benefits of sleeve gastrectomy procedure when compared to other weight loss surgeries:

  • Rapid weight loss for 6 months to a year
  • Body’s nutritional capacity remains the same (because the link to the intestines stays intact
  • Considerable reduction in obesity-related health issues, including diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and sleep apnea

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