Sleeve gastrectomy

In sleeve gastrectomy, about 75% of the stomach is removed, leaving only a narrow tube, or sleeve, of stomach. No intestines are removed or bypassed. This surgery takes about one to two hours to complete and requires an overnight stay in the hospital.

GastricSleeve

Benefits:

  • Patients feel less hungry, and they feel full after eating less food.
  • The need for blood pressure or diabetes medications may be reduced.
  • Patients lose 50-70% of their excess weight, on average, in the first 12-18 months.
  • Patients report less “dumping” syndrome (food moving too quickly from the stomach to the bowels) with the sleeve, compared to gastric bypass.

Risks:

  • The risks of surgery may include, but are not limited to: bleeding, staple-line leak, infection, blood clots, pneumonia, need for additional surgery, or death.
  • Some patients report increased heartburn, which may require medication or additional surgery.