The vertical sleeve gastrectomy or the “sleeve” for short is a newer operation that is performed laparoscopically through small incisions.
By reducing the size of the stomach, you will feel full after eating less. The surgery removes the portion of the stomach that produces the hormone, ghrelin, which makes you feel hungry.
During the procedure, your surgeon will permanently remove the outer margin of the stomach known as the fundus (roughly 2/3rds), turning the remaining stomach into a banana shaped tube. This procedure is non-reversible.
*Courtesy Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
Advantages of vertical sleeve gastrectomy
This procedure is a simpler operation than the gastric bypass procedure because it doesn't involve rerouting or reconnection of the intestines.
Some of the advantages achieved with a sleeve gastrectomy include:
- Laparoscopic procedure so there is a lower risk of complications and a shorter hospital stay
- Lower risk of malabsorption (this procedure doesn't bypass the small intestine)
- No need to come back to the Medical Center for adjustments (as you would with a gastric band).
Our team is dedicated to making sure that while you are in our care you have the best experience possible and are prepared to further your journey towards weight loss. Our surgeons have strong experience in performing vertical sleeve gastrectomies. Our physicians and staff will help you to adjust to your sleeve and work toward reaching your weight loss goals.
Throughout your time with the Weight and Wellness Center, you will be able to access a wide range of patient resources including a mentor program and gastric sleeve support groups.