Sleeve Gastrectomy

Laparoscopic vertical sleeve gastrectomy, also called gastric sleeve or “the sleeve,” may be a good choice if you have a high body mass index (BMI) and other health problems caused by obesity. This procedure makes your stomach smaller, but it will still function normally. This means you’ll have few dietary restrictions; you’ll mostly reduce the quantity of food you eat.

During sleeve gastrectomy surgery at Miami Valley Hospital, your surgeon removes about two-thirds of your stomach, creating a tubular stomach about the size and shape of a banana. The portion of your stomach your surgeon removes is responsible for producing a hormone called Ghrelin that causes hunger. Without the hunger hormone, your appetite is greatly reduced. 

You will feel fuller faster and, therefore, consume fewer calories. Sleeve gastrectomy does not re-route your digestion or “bypass” your intestine. It allows normal digestion and absorption of food.

Additional facts about sleeve gastrectomy:

  • The laparoscopic procedure has the benefit of a quicker recovery time and less pain than traditional open surgery.
  • It’s the most popular surgical weight loss procedure in the nation.
  • Surgery lasts approximately one hour and requires a hospital stay of one day.
  • Dietitians will provide ongoing education on your dietary regimen before and after surgery.
  • The procedure typically results in a significant amount of weight loss and has a dramatic impact on weight-related health problems.
  • It has excellent long-term results.
  • You will need to take vitamin and mineral supplements to ensure adequate nutrition and optimal health.  

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