Sleeve gastrectomy, also referred to as gastric sleeve resection surgery, is a restrictive bariatric surgery procedure that removes a large portion of the stomach, limiting your food intake and helping you lose significant amounts of weight. In a sleeve gastrectomy, about 70 percent of the stomach is removed and the remainder is formed into a long tube shape, or sleeve. This new stomach maintains the natural openings at the top and bottom of the stomach – only now, it’s much more slender, allowing you to feel full and satisfied after eating smaller amounts of food. Sleeve gastrectomy can be performed laparoscopically (using tiny incisions and small instruments), which can ultimately minimize your recovery time and limit the visibility of residual scarring.
Unique to this procedure is a new hormonal effect. The hormone Ghrelin is mainly produced in the stomach and by removing the body of the stomach, we can significantly decrease Ghrelin production. This hormone helps stimulate one’s appetite, therefore helping to reduce hunger. We are currently offering gastric sleeve surgeries as a primary procedure and also with the possibility of being performed as a single incision operation.
Please contact TLC Surgery for more information on gastric sleeve resection surgery, or to schedule a consultation with one of our weight loss surgeons.
Sleeve gastrectomy has shown to be very effective at improving or resolving co-morbid conditions such as Type-2 diabetes, obstructive sleep apnea, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure. This procedure can be a very effective alternative for patients who may not be candidates for adjustable gastric banding procedures.
Some pain and discomfort can be expected following gastric sleeve surgery; however, this can be alleviated with medication. You can expect to resume normal daily routines after about one week, and follow-up appointments will be scheduled to make sure that you are healing well and adjusting to your new dietary requirements.
Contact TLC Surgery to schedule a consultation with one of our bariatric surgeons and find out more about sleeve gastrectomy surgery.