What is Gastric Sleeve Surgery?
Gastric sleeve surgery, or laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy is a keyhole surgery where a large portion of the stomach is removed. A bariatric surgeon forms part of the stomach into a ‘narrow tube’ (or sleeve), and remainder of the stomach is removed. This effects the entire gastric system and how the body processes food and it can not be reversed.
ADVANTAGES OF GASTRIC SLEEVE SURGERY:
- Still provides good quality of eating
- 60 to 70% excess weight loss in the long run (provided post-surgery recommendations are followed)
- 70 to 80% diabetes control
- Continuity of gastrointestinal tract is maintained
DISADVANTAGES OF GASTRIC SLEEVE SURGERY:
- There is a 2% risk of leakage from the staple line
- Can cause reflux in 10 to 20% of patients
Gastric sleeve surgery permanently reduces the volume of the stomach to approximately 15% of its original size. The traditional shape of the stomach is altered by removing the curved area, resulting in a more tubular shape, otherwise known as a gastric sleeve, or simply, sleeve.This decrease in volume causes feelings of satiety to occur after less food has been consumed by the patient.This, coupled with some lifestyle changes, can lead to good long term weight loss.