The vertical sleeve gastrectomy is a surgical weight-loss procedure in which the stomach is reduced to about 20% of its original size. During this procedure, a thin vertical sleeve of stomach is created using a stapling device, and the rest of the stomach is removed. The new stomach can hold about 70-125cc in volume resulting in decreased caloric intake.
The sleeve gastrectomy is a restrictive procedure because it restricts the amount of food a person can consume. The procedure helps you feel full sooner and decreases the sensation of hunger throughout the day. Foods that are consumed orally pass through the digestive tract allowing it to be fully absorbed in the body through the normal digestive process. This allows for most vitamins and nutrients to be fully absorbed into the body.
The majority of sleeve gastrectomy procedures are performed using a minimally invasive surgical technique. This minimally invasive laparoscopic technique allows for faster recovery, smaller scars, and less pain. This procedure can be done in an outpatient, same-day surgery center or an inpatient hospital setting.
Sleeve gastrectomy can lead to significant weight loss and improved health. Clinical studies have shown that patients who undergo the sleeve gastrectomy will lose approximately 55%-65% of their excess weight.
As with any surgical procedure, it is very important to understand all of the risks and benefits associated with the procedure. Your personal consultation with our team of experts will include a discussion about the pros and cons of each type of bariatric procedure. This will give you the information that you need to make an informed decision about your bariatric procedure.
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