Sleeve gastrectomy (often called the sleeve) is a laparoscopic procedure, which removes approximately 80 percent of your stomach.
The remaining stomach is a tubular pouch in the shape of a sleeve.
How sleeve gastrectomy aids weight loss
After surgery, three main factors work together to contribute to your weight loss:
- You can't eat as much due to the smaller size of your stomach
- There's a significant reduction in the secreting of hunger hormones from your stomach
- You will feel full for a longer period of time because the new stomach tube slows the passage of food
You may lose up to 55-to-60 percent of your excess weight during the first year after surgery.
Are you eligible for sleeve gastrectomy surgery?
Typically, weight loss surgery is only explored with candidates who have a BMI greater than 40 and are unable to fully meet their weight loss goals through our less invasive programs, and those with significant health complications related to weight, including:
- Heart disease
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease
- High cholesterol
- Sleep apnea
- High blood pressure
- Type 2 diabetes