Sleeve Gastrectomy is a restrictive bariatric surgery, which does not require an implanted medical device nor does it require frequent adjustments. During this procedure, the surgeon creates a long, sleeve-shaped stomach shaped like a banana. It does require stapling of the stomach and making it smaller, but does not change the normal path the patient’s food travels. It is also thought that the smaller Sleeve stomach produces fewer hormones, reducing the patient’s appetite and the impulse to eat.
Benefits include a shorter operation time, with less anesthesia, rapid weight loss in the first year, and high resolution for patients with diabetes, high blood pressure and other diseases cause by obesity. This procedure can also later be converted into a bypass procedure or a duodenal switch (although a second- stage procedure is often unnecessary) for added weight loss and control of diabetes.
This procedure is performed at St. Vincent's Clay, Riverside and Southside.
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