Sleeve gastrectomy is a restrictive bariatric surgery. During this procedure, the surgeon creates a small, sleeve-shaped stomach. It is larger than the stomach pouch created during Roux-en-Y bypass-and is about the size of a banana.
Sleeve gastrectomy is typically considered as a treatment option for bariatric surgery patients with a BMI of 60 or higher. It is often performed as the first procedure in a two-part treatment. The second part of the treatment can be gastric bypass.
Choosing weight-loss surgery is an important decision. You should be informed on what to expect. Although our staff will review guidelines during each phase, we provide this overview to get you started.
Sleeve Gastrectomy/Vertical Gastrectomy
Newer surgical option for carefully selected patients
Long term outcome data beyond seven years has not been reported
Perioperative risk appears low, even in high risk patients
70% to 80% of the stomach is removed
Requires long term vitamin and mineral supplementation
Does not require the implantation of a foreign device
Documented weight loss as high as 85% of excess body weight
Not reversible, but can be converted to a Gastric Bypass