How the Sleeve Gastrectomy works to help you lose weight
A sleeve gastrectomy is a restrictive procedure that limits the amount of food you can eat by reducing the size of your stomach. During this procedure a thin vertical sleeve of stomach is created using a stapling device. This sleeve will typically hold between 50 to 150 mL, and is about the size of a banana. The excised portion of the stomach is removed.
Limits the amount of food that can be eaten at a meal
Food passes through the digestive tract in the usual order, allowing vitamins and nutrients to be fully absorbed into the body
No postoperative adjustments are required
In clinical studies patient lost an average of 55% of their excess weight
Shown to help resolve high blood pressure and obstructive sleep apnea, and to help improve type 2 diabetes and hyperlipidemia
Complications due to stomach stapling, including separation of tissue that was stapled or stitched together and leaks from staple lines
Ulcers, dyspepsia, esophageal dysmotility
Nonreversible since part of the stomach is removed
Dr. Lee will further review all possible surgical risks.