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Learn About Sleeve Gastrectomy

The sleeve gastrectomy is a weight loss surgery where approximately two-thirds of the stomach is removed, resulting in a much smaller stomach. This causes restriction in the amount of food and calories a person can consume. Since the intestines are not changed, complications seen in gastric bypass such as malabsorption generally do not occur.

The part of the stomach removed is largely responsible for producing a hormone called Ghrelin. Ghrelin causes the feeling of hunger. When a large portion of the stomach is removed and there is reduced Ghrelin production, patients experience a full feeling for a much longer period of time after eating. The pylorus, the part of the stomach that connects to the small intestine, is preserved during the procedure; this reduces the incidence of dumping syndrome. This procedure is performed by a minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery and is not reversible.

Benefits of Surgery

Bariatric surgery has been shown to help improve or resolve many obesity related conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and many other obesity related problems.

After Surgery

After the gastric sleeve procedure patients need to make significant lifestyle changes. Although dumping syndrome usually does not occur, patients need to avoid certain foods like those high in fat and calories. It is important to follow the dietary guidelines provided by your physician to ensure success. Weight loss surgery is not a cure to weight problems; it is only a tool to use in attaining a healthy weight. Healthy lifestyle choices will give the best results. Making sure you get enough protein and staying hydrated are keys to success.