What is Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy?
Also referred to as a Gastric Sleeve, this procedure results in weight loss by restriction the amount of food that can be eaten. In this weight loss procedure the stomach is divided vertically with 75-85 percent of it being removed. The Gastric Sleeve is not reversible, however, and patients should not consider this option if they are looking for a reversible solution. Patient anatomy differs from person to person, so results may vary. When results are below expectations, you may ask your doctor to revise your sleeve and turn it into a malabsorptive procedure such as the Duodenal Switch.
Are you a candidate for gastric sleeve surgery?
Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomies are recommended for potential weight loss patients with BMI’s over 30. The procedure is not recommended for patients with severe gastroesophageal reflux, or Barrett’s esophagus.
Patients looking for cosmetic results may be interested in a Single Incision Laparoscopic Sleeve Surgery (SILS). This laparoscopic method utilizes only a single entry port, typically located in the patient’s navel, leaving only a single small scar. Patients with a BMI under 40 who have not had previous gastric surgery may be a candidate for this method.