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Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy

Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (“Sleeve”)

Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy is a weight loss procedure where the surgeon removes about 3/4 of the stomach.  The Sleeve is a laparoscopic procedure.  The surgeon works with instruments and a camera inserted through small incisions in the abdomen.  

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Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy: How does it work?

The new, smaller stomach is about the size of a banana.  It limits the amount of food you can eat by making you feel full after eating small amounts of food.  It is a purely restrictive procedure but does have hormonal changes in PYY and ghrelin. 

Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy: What are the advantages? 

  • Average percent excess weight loss is 50-60%
  • Lower risk of mineral or vitamin deficiencies
  • No risk of internal hernias
  • It is safer procedure than the RNYGB or the DS

Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy: What are the disadvantages?

  • Not reversible
  • Lower weight loss than RNYGB or DS.
  • Can cause increased reflux/heartburn (15%) and food intolerances.
  • Risk of weight regain about 25%

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