What is the Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery?

The Gastric Sleeve – often called sleeve gastrectomy or vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG) is a surgery which helps weight loss by permanently reducing the size of the stomach. During this surgery the Gastric Fundus  is surgically removed.
Hunger is controlled because the portion of the stomach that produces the Ghrelin (hormone of the hunger) is removed. Stomach stapling is then used to create a gastric sleeve. This results in a new stomach shape and looks like a small tube.
Since this surgery does not involve reconnecting or re-routing  of the small intestine, is a simpler and safer operation than the gastric bypass.

Why choose Gastric Sleeve over Lap Band

Gastric Sleeve surgery does not bypass any part of the stomach or small intestine and allows the digestive system to function normally.
The main difference between LAP-BAND surgery and the sleeve gastrectomy is that does not require to introduce a foreign device inside your abdomen and the adjustments or fills are not required.
Gastric Sleeve or Sleeve Gastrectomy is a restrictive surgery, not a malabsorptive surgery that has performed VSG for a long time as the first part of a two step procedure.
For patients who were severe overweight (with a BMI over 60) and who were too ill to perform  the complete duodenal switch surgery.
The Bariatric Surgeons perform the VSG first, then the patient lose weight and recover from the first surgery, the malapsortive part is completed.
In recent years, the Gastric Sleeve procedure has become a stand-alone procedure with results similar and even better than the LAP BAND. To be considered the golden standard procedure for weight loss.

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For lower BMI patients (35-42) who have complications (inadequate weight loss, band erosion, poor quality of life etc.) associated with gastric banding, Vertical Sleeve Surgery maybe a good alternative.