Sleeve Gastrectomy is a type of restrictive weight loss operation. It reduces the amount of food you can eat by reducing the size of the stomach. A thin vertical sleeve, or narrow section of the stomach, is created by using a stapling device, removing approximately 80% of the total volume of the stomach. Populations of cells that may contribute in the stimulation of hunger are removed during this process. The remaining stomach “sleeve” is roughly the size of a small banana. This smaller stomach now restricts the amount of food one can consume before feeling full, thus leading to weight loss. There is no intestinal bypass with a Sleeve Gastrectomy.
Sleeve Gastrectomy has several benefits over other procedures. With the Sleeve, there is no foreign object implanted within the body and no adjustments or “fills” are necessary. Also, since there is no malabsorptive component to the operation, nutritional deficiencies are uncommon.
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