Considering bariatric surgery? A newer type of bariatric surgery called gastric sleeve surgery helps you lose weight by limiting your food intake and controlling your hunger.
How it works
About 85 percent of the stomach, including the upper portion which produces a hunger stimulating hormone called ghrelin, is removed so that your stomach takes on the shape of a tube or sleeve.
Gastric sleeve surgery does not require cutting or rerouting your small intestine and does not involve implanting a weight-loss device.
This procedure is performed laparoscopically, which means the surgeon will make small incisions and use tiny instruments to remove the stomach, rather than making one large incision.
For those who suffer from extreme obesity or other health problems that disqualify them from having gastric bypass surgery or gastric banding, doctors may suggest gastric sleeve surgery as an alternative.
In some cases, gastric sleeve surgery is the first part in a staged approach to weight loss and is followed by gastric banding or gastric bypass surgery.
The gastric sleeve restricts the amount of food that can be eaten at any one time but does not restrict any certain foods from the diet since the digestive system still functions normally.
The average patient usually loses 50 to 60 percent of excess weight in the first 18 months of surgery. Of course diet and exercise impact the amount weight loss success.