What is a Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy?
During this procedure, a large portion of the stomach is removed. Unlike gastric bypass, there is no bypass of the small intestines, so the likelihood of a nutritional deficiency is decreased. This procedure is non-reversible.
- Must be 18 or older
- BMI of 40+ or BMI of 35 with serious weight-related illness
- Restricts the amount of food the stomach can hold
- Causes favorable changes in gut hormones that suppress hunger, reduce appetite and improve satiety
- Induces rapid and significant weight loss similar to that of the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass with initial weight loss of 60 to 65 percent and typical maintenance of >50 percent
- Directly after surgery, many patients experience a sore, dry, slightly pained throat.
- Patients are generally discharged from the hospital a day or two after surgery.
- You may experience some pain when you twist or turn your body. This is normal. Contact your doctor if pain lasts longer than a month after surgery.
- Be sure to follow the diet recommended by your doctor.
- Continually monitor your incision sites for irritation or pain. Mention any irregularities to your doctor.