Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy

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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

Advantages

  • 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
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Recovery

  • 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.