The procedure reduces stomach capacity by approximately 85 percent. Patients feel full sooner and therefore eat less. This procedure is performed laparoscopically (a minimally invasive weight-loss surgery technique). High blood pressure and diabetes start improving immediately after surgery–in fact most patients are off blood pressure and diabetes medications within the first 2-4 weeks after surgery.
Recent clinical studies show that patients experience an average weight loss of about 70 to 75 percent of their excess weight within one to two years of the surgery.
Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgical Overview
Actual Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery performed by Moses K. Shieh, D.O., FACOS
Advantages of Sleeve Gastrectomy
- Rapid initial weight loss similar to gastric bypass, but less risk than gastric bypass
- Performed through a minimally invasive approach
- Minimal risk of vitamin and protein deficiencies
- Permanent procedure – no adjustments or implantable devices, such as the gastric band
- One of the safest life-long bariatric procedures that currently is available
Disadvantages of Sleeve Gastrectomy
- Cutting and stapling of the stomach is required
- Cannot be reversed, but can be modified with another procedure if desired weight loss is not achieved or stomach stretches
- 1-2 day overnight stay in the hospital, depending on your health risk
Risks and Complications
Risks and complications are associated with all major surgical procedures. Although the laparoscopic technique used for sleeve gastrectomy is considered minimally invasive, it is still a surgical procedure. Severe obesity increases the risks of some complications.
It is extremely important that you discuss the benefits and potential risks of weight loss surgery with your surgeon. To learn more about the sleeve gastrectomy, attend one of our seminars or view our seminar online.