Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy
In sleeve gastrectomy, the surgeon removes a portion of the stomach leaving the stomach’s connection to the esophagus and small intestine intact. There is no foreign body placed in the abdomen and there is no manipulation or rerouting of the intestines. Patients can expect to lose 60-70% of their excess body weight. Sleeve gastrectomy has these advantages:
- The part of the stomach that produces ghrelin, a hormone that stimulates appetite, is removed, noticeably reducing appetite.
- For those patients with certain disease processes and pharmaceutical requirements, it may be the only operation that can be offered.
- If a patient has had many previous operations especially on the lower abdomen, it is a nice option to avoid the adhesions that often form.
Sleeve gastrectomy removes approximately three quarters of the volume of the stomach.
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