Gastric Sleeve Surgery, also known as Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (VSG) or Gastric Sleeve Resection, is a type of weight loss surgery that decreases the size of the stomach. The procedure is performed via a laparoscope and reduces the stomach from the size of a football to the size of a banana. The procedure involves approximately 5 small incisions and takes about 1 ½ hours. The surgery involves removing approximately 80% of the stomach to make it the size of a banana. The mechanism of weight loss is accomplished by reducing the volume of food intake and also by decreasing a hormone called ghrelin which is a hormone responsible for our appetite. Patients eat 3 meals a day, which are approximately the size of the palm of your hand. Patients lose on average about 65% of the excess weight over a 2-year period. Patients stay in the hospital 1-2 nights and can return to work in 1-2 weeks.
Risks for the Sleeve Gastrectomy:
Risks particular to this surgery involve a leak from the staple line, stricture of the sleeve and the development of heartburn, vitamin deficiencies, or regain of weight.
*Individual results may vary
Comparison of Surgical Procedures