Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy

Sleeve gastrectomy is a weight loss surgery performed to reduce the stomach size and restrict the amount of food intake. It is indicated for obese people with a BMI of 60 or more. The procedure involves creating a sleeve-shaped stomach that is about the size of a banana and larger than the stomach pouch created by Roux-en-Y bypass. Sleeve gastrectomy is most commonly performed as the first procedure in a two-part treatment, with the second part of the treatment being gastric bypass.

Overview of Sleeve Gastrectomy

  • Latest surgical treatment for carefully selected patients
  • No implantation of a foreign/medical device
  • About 70% to 80% of the stomach will be removed during the procedure
  • Loss of about 85% of excess body weight is reported
  • Procedure is irreversible, but it can be converted to a Gastric bypass
  • You may require long term vitamin and mineral supplementation
  • Associated with low perioperative risks, even in high-risk patients
  • No long term (beyond seven years) outcome data available/reported