Also called Sleeve Gastrectomy, the Gastric Sleeve is a restrictive procedure in which the size of the stomach is reduced to allow smaller amounts of food to be ingested at any given time. This procedure is performed laparoscopically, through small incisions and a camera.
Benefits of Sleeve Gastrectomy
This procedure does not bypass or re-routs any part of the stomach or small intestine and the digestive system is allowed to function normally. The reduced size of the stomach allows patients who have been unable to control their weight through a combination of diet and exercise to achieve rapid, dramatic weight loss. The results have been impressive with significant weight loss accompanied with resolution or improvement of co-morbidities such as high blood pressure, diabetes, low back pain, among, and the many other medical problems associated with obesity. Most gastric sleeve patients also enjoy dramatically improved energy and self-esteem, as they are able to fully enjoy an active, healthy lifestyle after surgery. In all weight loss surgery procedures, success depends in great part on the patient’s motivation and compliance with guidelines from the doctor and other professionals part of our team.
Gastric Sleeve Risks and Complications
Though sleeve gastrectomy is very safe and serious problems are rare, it is a major surgery and complications are still possible, including:
• Stomach Leakage - Some patients experience stomach leakage as a result of poor healing after sleeve gastrectomy, and require revisional surgery.
• Gastric Sleeve Dilation - Over time, the patient's stomach occasionally stretches, expanding in volume and allowing more food intake. Patients who experience this may regain some weight.
• Gastrointestinal Problems - When gastric sleeve patients eat more than their stomach can hold comfortably they risk significant discomfort, including vomiting, diarrhea, and other gastrointestinal symptoms.
• Stalled Weight Loss - Because sleeve gastrectomy is not a reversible procedure, patients must be prepared to accept a lifetime change in eating habits. Failing to follow the prescribed diet may cause significant problems and stall weight loss.