Gastric Sleeve Surgical Procedure
This procedure is restrictive, meaning the size of the stomach is altered. The bariatric surgeon removes about 60 percent of the stomach by creating a tube out of the stomach using staples. The result is a small-sized stomach, which takes the shape of a "sleeve" or a "banana". A hormone produced in the stomach called Ghrelin makes people hungry, slows metabolism, and decreases the body's ability to burn fat. The gastric sleeve operation removes the section of the stomach in which Ghrelin is produced. The nonproduction of this hunger-related hormone results in preventing an increased appetite.
Unlike gastric banding surgeries, no foreign objects are left in the body
- Unlike gastric bypass, there is no bypass of the small intestines with the gastric sleeve, so all nutrients are absorbed with very little chance of absorption issues
- Gastric sleeve can result in 30 to 60 percent excess weight loss within six months to one year of the procedure
The gastric sleeve procedure is believed to be safer for high BMI patients
- Weight may be regained over time because the stomach stretches
- The gastric sleeve is non-reversible
- Although preliminary results are promising, the gastric sleeve is a relatively new surgery
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Flaget Center for Weight Loss Surgery
4305 New Shepherdsville Road
Bardstown, Kentucky 40004