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Gastric Sleeve Surgery

gastric sleeveWhat is a vertical sleeve gastrectomy (gastric sleeve surgery)?

A vertical sleeve gastrectomy, also known VSG or gastric sleeve surgery, is a restrictive procedure that limits the amount of food that a person can eat by reducing the size of his or her stomach. During the procedure, a thin vertical "sleeve" of the stomach is created using a stapling device. The remaining portion of the stomach is removed, and the newer, smaller stomach is about the size of a banana.

Advantages of a gastric sleeve surgery

  • Limits the amount of food that a person can eat by making them them feel full after eating small amounts of food
  • Food passes through the digestive tract as normal, allowing vitamins and nutrients to be fully absorbed by the body
  • No post-surgical adjustments are required
  • According to clinical studies, patients lost an average of 66% of their excess weight
  • Helps to resolve high blood pressure, obstructive sleep apnea and helps improve type 2 diabetes and hyperlipidemia

Risks of gastric sleeve surgery

As with any surgical procedure, risks may occur with gastric sleeve surgery. Some possible complications of gastric sleeve surgery include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Complications due to stomach stapling, including separation of tissue that was stapled or stitched together and leaks from the staple lines
  • Gastric leakage
  • Ulcers
  • Dyspepsia
  • Esophageal dysmotility
  • Non-reversible procedure since a portion of the stomach is removed