Sleeve Gastrectomy is performed by removing approximately 80% of the stomach. This creates a small tubular stomach (sleeve).
Different than the bypass it causes no mal-absorption of nutrients. So anemia, osteoporosis and vitamin deficiencies are rare.*
Different than the band, there is no foreign body around your stomach. Patients can continue to take complex medications after a sleeve and not worry about the absorption of medication. The procedure is usually performed with laparoscopy and has a short recovery time.
The sleeve gastrectomy helps you lose weight because:
- The stomach pouch is very small
- Removal of the stomach area that produces Ghrelin and decreases hunger