Sleeve Gastrectomy

What it is?

  • Sleeve Gastrectomy is also called vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy, Greater Curvature Gastrectomy, Parietal Gastrectomy, Gastric Reduction and even Vertical Gastroplasty.
  • The size of the stomach is reduced to about 25% of its original size, by surgical removal of a large portion of stomach, creating a narrow sleeve or tube like structure

Benefits of Sleeve Gastrectomy

  • Eliminates the portion of the stomach that produces the hormones that stimulates hunger (Ghrelin).
  • No dumping syndrome because the pylorus is preserved.
  • Minimizes the chance of an ulcer occurring.
  • Very effective as a first stage procedure for high BMI patients (BMI >55 kg/m2).
  • Ideal for people who are also suffering from Crohn’s disease and numerous other conditions that make them too high risk for intestinal bypass procedures.

Risks associated with Sleeve Gastrectomy

  • Patients with higher BMI may still need to have a second stage procedure at a later stage to help lose all of their excess weight. However, this is an active point of discussion for bariatric surgeons.
  • Soft calories from ice cream, milk shakes, etc., can be absorbed and may slow weight loss.
  • This procedure does involve stomach stapling and therefore leaks and other complications related to stapling may occur.
  • Since the procedure involves stapling, it is an irreversible procedure