The sleeve gastrectomy (gastric sleeve surgery) is a relative newcomer in the field of obesity surgery but is one that is gaining in popularity among surgeons as it is a lower risk option than the more invasive surgeries such as a bypass.
The sleeve gastrectomy procedure is simpler and shorter than a bypass and, although it is not quite as effective, it can produce results close to that of a bypass. It is performed as a single weight-loss procedure or as the first part of a two-stage surgery (duodenal switch or gastric bypass).
The procedure does not only limit the amount of food a person can eat, it also reduces the appetite as the portion of the stomach that is removed contains the hormone ghrelin which is the hormone responsible for stimulating appetite.
The sleeve gastrectomy operation is performed laparoscopically (using keyhole surgery) under a general anaesthetic. The surgeon makes a few small incisions in the abdominal wall for the insertion of long, thin surgical instruments. A narrow camera is passed through one of these incisions so the surgeon can view the operative site on a nearby video monitor.
The stomach is sealed vertically from top to bottom leaving a banana or ‘sleeve’ shaped stomach that is around a quarter of its original size. The excess stomach is removed. The valve at the base of the stomach, which regulates the emptying of the stomach into the small intestine, remains intact thereby normal stomach function is maintained.
- Simpler procedure than the gastric bypass with fewer risks
- Rapid initial weight loss
- Does not require patients to take food supplements for life
- Nutrients and vitamins fully absorbed
- Carried out using keyhole surgery leaving minimal scarring
- Helps create and maintain a feeling of fullness
- Makes it easier to adopt changes to your eating habits and lifestyle
There may be other medical reasons why surgery is not right for you. Our team will go through your medical history and the results of any tests you may have prior to agreeing to proceed.
To qualify for gastric sleeve surgery you must have tried to lose weight using conventional methods without long-term success and be:
- At least 18 years old
- Overweight with a Body Mass Index (BMI) above 40
- Overweight with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 35 or above and suffer from an obesity-related health condition that poses a serious risk to your long term health (e.g. diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, etc)
- Not suffering from any other diseases that may have caused your obesity
- Willing to continue being monitored by the specialist treating you
- Ready to commit to long-term changes relating to eating patterns and exercise
To learn more about this procedure contact us on 01753 665480.