Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy consists of making the stomach into a long tube, or sleeve.
- In this procedure, a thin vertical sleeve of stomach is created using a stapling device. The remaining 2/3 of the stomach is removed. This limits the amount of food that can be eaten at one time (restrictive).
- The laparoscopic procedure has the benefit of a quicker recovery time and less pain than traditional open surgery.
- This is becoming the most popular surgical weight loss procedure in the nation.
- Surgery lasts approximately one hour and requires a hospital stay of approximately one day.
- Dietitians will provide on-going education on dietary regimen before and after surgery.
- Typically results in a significant amount of weight loss.
- Excellent long-term results.
- Allows for normal digestion/absorption.
- Resolution of comorbidities such as diabetes, obstructive sleep apnea, and hypertension.
- Does not require the implantation of a foreign body, such as a silastic ring used in gastric banding.
- Mechanically decreases the size of the stomach, and also decreases the secretion of the hormone Ghrelin, which is responsible for the feeling of satiety.
- Can be used to initially decrease the body weight in severely obese patients to prepare them for another procedure at a later time.
- Requires removal of the stomach.
- Is non-adjustable and cannot be reversed.