Weight Loss Surgery | Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy
During a laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy procedure, a stapling device is used to create a small, sleeve-shaped stomach. It is larger than the stomach pouch created during the Roux-en-Y bypass and is about the size of a banana.
This procedure limits the amount of food you can consume, thus making you feel fuller sooner and longer.
Food will pass through the digestive track as it did prior to the procedure, thus allowing it to be fully absorbed into the body. As less food is eaten, the body will stop storing the excess calories and begin to use the fat supply for energy.
Advantages of the sleeve:
- One year after surgery, weight loss can average 55 percent of excess body weight.
- Stomach functions normally despite limitations on food intake.
- Does not cause malabsorption or nutritional deficiencies.
- Less chance of an ulcer occurring.
- Greatly minimizes or even eliminates the chance of dumping syndrome.
- Eliminates the portion of the stomach that stimulates hunger.
- Can usually be done laproscopically in morbidly obese patients.
This procedure has the potential to greatly change one's lifestyle.
It is important to remember that in addition to this procedure, diet and exercise are crucial to achieving and sustaining substantial weight loss.