Gastric Sleeve / Sleeve Gastrectomy
Gastric sleeve or sleeve gastrectomy surgery is a more significant operation than having a gastric band- however it is not considered as major as a gastric bypass since it involves fewer changes to your body’s digestive system. As with all other bariatric operations that we offer, Sleeve gastrectomy surgery is performed laparoscopically (keyhole surgery). It involves removing the bulk of the stomach to create a long slender pouch(sleeve). This is done by stapling the stomach along its entire length and then removing approximately 75% of it
By reducing the capacity of the stomach the amount of food that can be eaten is restricted. It also significantly lowers the level of the hunger hormone, ghrelin (a hormone produced by the parietal cells in the stomach) with the added benefit of reduction in hunger sensation and excellent weight loss.
The long-term results of this operation are still not available, particularly with regard to the rate of weight regain. This procedure is permanent and is not reversible.