Laparoscopic Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy, also known as gastric sleeve surgery, gastric sleeve resection or simply sleeve gastrectomy, is one of the most innovative types of weight loss surgery performed today.
During this procedure, the surgeon removes about 85% of your stomach, making it look like a tube or sleeve, thus the name “sleeve” gastrectomy. So even when the surgeon needs to remove that much, he or she only makes a small incision on the abdomen. This is where the surgeon would insert a probe equipped with a built-in camera (laparoscope) along with other small surgical instruments to remove parts of the stomach.
This procedure usually takes about 1.5 hours and the patient is required to stay in the hospital for one to two nights (depending on his or her condition and overall health). Healing is relatively fast, in fact, patients who have had sleeve gastrectomy usually return to work after only two to three weeks following their surgery.
Gastric Sleeve Procedure
|Surgery Duration||Nights in Hospital||Nights in Hotel||Back to Work|
|1.5 Hours||2 Nights||2 (1 Pre-Op, 1 Post-Op)||2 to 3 Weeks|
Why does Sleeve Gastrectomy work?
It is a known fact that in order to burn excess fat and lose weight, you have to eat less than what your body needs every day. The sleeve gastrectomy is a form of restrictive weight loss surgery; that, significantly reduces stomach size, the individual consumes less as his or her stomach is now easily filled. Other clinicians also theorize that by reducing stomach size, there is a reduced production of a stomach-produced hormone called Ghrelin that induces hunger. Thus, with vertical sleeve gastrectomy, the individual becomes full easily and is less hungry.
Why undergo Sleeve Gastrectomy?
Gastric sleeve patients report minimal digestion problems compared to other types of weight loss surgeries. First, no foreign objects are placed within the body and secondly, since it is a purely restrictive procedure, it avoids an occurrence of malabsorption problems that can occur with other types of surgery. Finally, since the remaining part of the stomach is composed of less stretchy tissue, the likelihood for stretching and failing in the ensuing years is minimal.
Gastric Sleeve: It’s Your Choice
The benefits of sleeve gastrectomy go beyond simply having better looks and fast weight loss. For patients having trouble with weight, sleeve gastrectomy offers an opportunity to feel better as well as live longer and be more productive due to significantly reduced risks of acquiring any obesity-related conditions as a result of surgery. Even so, just like every other surgery, patients may have several complications such as possible leaking of stomach contents, presence of blood clots, wound infection and bleeding. Then again, living a healthier and more rewarding life is never going to be without risks. In the end, the choice is always yours to make. Whether you choose to have a sleeve gastrectomy or another weight loss surgery, or whether you choose to exercise or to just go on a diet, the most important thing is that you lose weight. So to do that, all you need to do is— make a choice! To find out if this surgery may be right for you, contact one of our care specialists today.