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