Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery

Because the adjustable gastric band is only a restrictive procedure, weight loss is typically not as fast as with malabsorptive procedures. In addition, the lap-band may require adjusting over time, and is therefore a less viable procedure for medical tourism. If the lap-band is not properly positioned, the patient may experience extensive vomiting in the post-operative period.

Why Choose Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery?
There are some advantages to the Sleeve Gastrectomy as compared to the Roux en Y Gastric Bypass. For example:

  • The risk of malabsorptive complications, such as vitamin or protein deficiency is reduced, as there is no bypass.

  • Dumping syndrome is minimized or eliminated as the pylorus is preserved.

  • This bariatric procedure is relatively easy to modify to another type of weight loss surgery if weight loss is inadequate.


Risks and Complications of Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery
As with any weight loss surgery, there are risks of complications. Please consult with one of our medical specialists to see if the Sleeve Gastrectomy is right for you. Some potential risks of this bariatric sugery are:

  • The theoretical risk of weight regain or inadequate weight loss is increased when there is no bypass.

  • High BMI patients will likely need a second procedure (bypass) to achieve weight loss goals.

  • Soft calories are more likely to be absorbed and therefore slow weight loss.

  • The procedure is not reversible as part of the stomach is removed.

How Does it Work?
Sleeve gastrectomy surgery works by cutting the stomach and leaving a banana shaped pouch. Generally 80% of the stomach is removed, leaving a vertical banana sized stomach behind. Because of the removal of the majority of the stomach, this is not a reversible operation.

This procedure does not involve an alteration of the digestive tract or intestine, and thus is not considered a malabsorptive procedure. In addition, there is no change in the functioning of the stomach as the pyloric valve, which regulates the emptying of the stomach into the small intestine, remains intact.

After operation, the stomach can stretch in size if patients do not maintain rigorous enforcement of dietary restrictions. With time, the stomach can even return to its original size. As a result of these factors, sleeve gastrectomy surgery is usually a precursor to another bariatric surgery such as gastric bypass. Performing a sleeve gastrectomy first will allow for sufficient weight loss in the patient to safely qualify them for a more serious procedure.

Is Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery Right For Me?
Contact our team of weight loss experts today to see if restrictive bariatric surgery is well suited for your situation. Our team of surgical technicians is well versed in all types of weight loss surgery and can answer your questions and determine what procedure is best for you. Contact us today.


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