Sleeve Gastrectomy is a procedure in which about 85% of the stomach is removed, leaving 15% of the original capacity, which is shaped like a sleeve. The sleeve gastrectomy provides for a quicker sense of fullness and decreased appetite. Watch a Sleeve Gastrectomy Video Now>
Gastric Sleeve is performed laparoscopically, using minimally invasive techniques. The remaining stomach resembles a narrow tube or sleeve, hence the name. Unlike gastric bypass surgery, the normal gastrointestinal anatomy is unaltered, thereby greatly reducing the risks related to malabsorption, intestinal blockage, marginal ulcer, and eliminating the risk of “dumping syndrome” entirely.
Is gastric sleeve reversible?
No. However, the gastric sleeve can be revised to an alternate gastric restrictive procedure if weight loss is inadequate or if weight is regained.
How well does gastric sleeve work?
Sleeve gastrectomy is still a relatively new procedure whose long-term benefits and risks are not yet known. Limited 2 year and 6 year weight loss data suggest that gastric sleeve results in weight loss comparable to RY gastric bypass at 2 years and LAP-BAND® at 5 years.