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.
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%