Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy

Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy is a minimally invasive bariatric surgery used in the treatment of Obesity. Sleeve gastrectomy is now being offered as a stand-alone procedure for morbidly obese patients. The procedure involves removing the lateral 2/3rds of the stomach is reduced with a stapling device. It is usually done laparoscopically but is not reversible. It basically leaves a stomach tube instead of a stomach pouch.

Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy

The benefits of laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy include:

  • No anastomosis or re-routing of bowel
  • No foreign body
  • Good resolution/reduction of co-morbid conditions
  • No need for adjustments

Sleeve gastrectomy

  • One of the novel techniques performed in carefully selected patients
  • Considerably safe even in high risk patients and the perioperative risks are minimal
  • More than two-thirds (about 70 to 80%) of the stomach will be removed
  • No risks of foreign body implantation
  • Patients can lose 33% to 83% of excess body weight
  • Irreversible, but can be converted to a gastric bypass

Some of risks and complications of laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy surgery are:

  • Gastritis
  • Heartburn
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Injury to stomach or other organs
  • Staple separation or leakage

The results of weight loss surgeries varied from one patient to another and the results can be attributed to various factors such as age, weight before surgery, exercise level, metabolism and eating habits. Most importantly, it depends on your overall commitment to gain a new lifestyle. Your new lifestyle makes you lose weight, feel better, and improve life.