During the sleeve gastrectomy procedure, a large portion (approximately 85 percent) of the stomach is removed, creating a smaller stomach the size of a banana. There is no manipulation to the intestines during this procedure and the stomach functions as it did prior to the surgery – weight loss occurs because of the decreased capacity of the stomach to hold food before digestion.
During sleeve gastrectomy, the surgeon removes the larger, rounded portion of the stomach, removing it completely after surgery.
- The remaining portion of the stomach resembles a sleeve and holds approximately 15 percent as much food as the original stomach.
- The rounded portion of the stomach is removed – this is the only bariatric surgery where a portion of the stomach is removed from the body.
- The stomach opening (lower esophageal sphincter) and exit (pyloric sphincter) are kept intact.
- The sleeve gastrectomy may be a safer and more effective option for patients with very high BMI or who may experience medical problems such as anemia, Chron’s disease, and nutrient deficiencies.
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