Sleeve gastrectomy is a type of weight loss surgery that involves removing a portion of the stomach to create a smaller, banana-shaped “sleeve.” This procedure is also performed laparoscopically, which means that it is minimally invasive and involves making several small incisions in the abdomen.
During the surgery, the surgeon removes approximately 80% of the stomach, leaving behind a smaller tube-shaped stomach that can hold less food. This helps to reduce the amount of food that can be consumed, leading to weight loss.
Sleeve gastrectomy is typically recommended for individuals with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher, or for those with a BMI of 35 or higher who also have obesity-related health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or sleep apnea. Like RYGB, sleeve gastrectomy is a major surgical procedure and should only be considered after other weight loss methods have been attempted without success.
Sleeve gastrectomy is generally considered to be a safe and effective weight loss surgery, with a low risk of complications compared to other bariatric surgeries. However, like any surgery, there are potential risks and complications, such as bleeding, infection, blood clots, and anesthesia-related issues. It is important to discuss the potential risks and benefits with a qualified healthcare provider before deciding whether sleeve gastrectomy is the right choice for you.