Sleeve Gastrectomy

Definition - What does Sleeve Gastrectomy mean?

Sleeve gastrectomy, often referred to as vertical sleeve gastrectomy, is a laparoscopic weight-loss surgery. This highly invasive surgical operation removes approximately 80% of the patient’s stomach, with the result being the limited amount of food the patient is able to consume in the future due to the newly small size of the stomach.

This operation is usually performed on morbidly obese patients. It is a restrictive surgery carried out on patients who have failed to lose weight through other means, and are of a weight that endangers their general health.

TheConsultation explains Sleeve Gastrectomy

The Sleeve Gastrectomy is an invasive surgical operation performed on morbidly obese patients whose weight presents a health hazard and is linked to conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, or gastroesophageal reflux disease. The surgery is performed only after the patient has tried non-invasive medically supervised weight-loss methods and failed at losing the weight.

The surgery is laparoscopic, which means that it is not an open surgery, but a surgery in which multiple small incisions are made through which surgical instruments are passed and inserted into the body. This method is less invasive than open surgery and results in a faster recovery time and less scarring. The goal of the surgery is to remove at least 80 percent of the patient’s stomach, which in turn enhances weight loss as it changes the food intake of the patient.

The stomach is left in the shape of a small sleeve, which is where the name of the surgery comes from. The surgery limits food intake, but it doesn’t damage the digestive system and the stomach continues to function, however, in a smaller shape and form.

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