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Bariatric Surgery - Imagine Tomorrow

Weight Loss Surgery - Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy

Sleeve Gastrectomy One Option For Weight Loss Surgery

The sleeve gastrectomy is a restrictive bariatric operation. It generates weight loss by restricting the amount of food that can be eaten, but without surgically creating any bypass of the intestines. The stomach is divided vertically and more than 85 percent is removed. The remaining stomach is shaped like a thin banana.

Advantages of Sleeve Gastrectomy:

  • Weight loss ranges from 50 to 80 percent of excess body weight within two years. Typical weight loss with the sleeve is more than gastric banding and slightly less than gastric bypass.
  • Limits amount of food that can be eaten at one time as well as the desire to eat.
  • Decreases chance of ulcers occurring with use of certain medications, compared to gastric bypass.
  • Decreased chance of nutritional deficiencies, since food passes through your stomach and small intestines normally.
  • May be used as a first procedure in a multistage plan for patients with super-morbid obesity.

Considerations with Sleeve Gastrectomy:

  • The procedure may not be covered by all insurance companies.
  • After two years, some patients regain weight they had lost, due to stretching of the new stomach.
  • Following dietary guidelines minimizes this risk.
  • You will need to take a complete multivitamin twice daily for the rest of your life.
  • This procedure is non-reversible.
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