What is Gastric Sleeve Surgery?
Gastric sleeve surgery is classified as a “restrictive bariatric procedure.” This procedure reduces the size of the stomach, but leaves the intestines intact. Unlike the gastric band surgery, gastric sleeve surgery does not require the insertion of any outside devices.
About the Procedure
During a gastric sleeve surgery, also known as a sleeve gastrectomy, the surgeon staples the stomach vertically to create two compartments. The stomach’s natural connection to the small intestines is left intact at the bottom of the left portion of the stomach. The portion of the stomach on the right is removed. The result is a smaller stomach without rerouting the intestines.
Benefits and Risks
Since gastric sleeve surgery does not bypass any part of the stomach or small intestine, gastric sleeve patients tend to have fewer nutritional deficiencies than patients who undergo gastric bypass surgery. In some instances, gastric sleeve surgery can be used to help a patient lose enough weight to undergo a gastric bypass or gastric band procedure.
It is important to note that gastric sleeve surgery is irreversible and can result in complications in a small percentage of patients. Discuss potential risk with your surgeon.