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Sleeve Gastrectomy

Sleeve Gastrectomy, also known as vertical sleeve gastrectomy, is a successfully proven surgical weight-loss procedure. The procedure is minimally invasive and is performed laparoscopically, involving small incisions along the upper abdomen. The procedure removes 70-80% of the stomach, reforming the remaining part into a small, tube-like shape. This procedure is intended to reduce hunger and restrict the amount of food patients are able to consume. Patients can anticipate reducing their excess body weight by 75% or more. Most importantly, medical conditions are dramatically improved after the weight-loss, such as diabetes, hypertension, and sleep apnea. In comparison to other bariatric procedures, the Sleeve Gastrectomy has an advantage over the Laproscopic Banding in that there is no foreign body implanted, and in contrast to the Gastric Bypass, there is less change in the absorptive capacity of nutrients and possible vitamin deficiencies.

Possible Candidates

Sleeve Gastrectomy is done to help those who are overweight reduce their risk of weight-related health issues such as: high blood pressure, diabetes, sleep apnea, and heart disease. In general, ideal candidates for the procedure have a body mass index (BMI) of 35 or higher (severe obesity), or those who are experiencing health problems associated with excessive weight. Patients considering sleeve gastrectomy should be open to following precautionary measures leading into the surgery, including avoiding alcohol and tobacco products and stopping the use of certain medications. Patients should also be willing to make permanent and strict healthy lifestyle changes after the procedure.


Sleeve Gastrectomy, as with any major surgery may have associated health risks. Minimal risks related to the surgery may include blood clots and leaks from the stomach. Working with an experienced surgeon and team can help avoid unnecessary risks and ensure that patients reach optimal outcomes. The surgery itself can produce significant improvements in quality of life measures, such as sleep cycle, level of confidence, and how a person views themselves, to name a few.

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