What is Gastric Sleeve?

Gastric sleeve surgery (also called sleeve gastrectomy) is a procedure in which the stomach is reduced to about 25% of its original size, by surgical removal of a large portion of the stomach. The remaining stomach is stapled (with surgical staples) to form a sleeve or tube, with a banana shape. The procedure permanently reduces the size of the stomach.

What Are the Benefits of Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

Sleeve gastrectomy patients experienced resolution rates for type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and obstructive sleep apnea that were similar to resolution rates for other restrictive procedures such as lap band. The five-year, long-term results are unknown at this time.

How is Gastric Sleeve Surgery Performed?

The procedure is performed laparoscopically and is not reversible, but can be converted to other procedures.

What Are the Potential Risks of Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

Like any surgical operation, sleeve gastrectomy has possible complications, such as leakage, dilation of the sleeve (which allows for more food intake) and other usual complications associated with bariatric surgery, though the risks are felt to be possibly lower than in gastric bypass and duodenal switch.

When you're considering bariatric surgery, one of the first steps is finding out more about the benefits and risks of the procedures. And remember: Only you and your bariatric surgeon can decide which procedure is right for you.

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