What Is Sleeve Gastrectomy?

Sleeve gastrectomy is a restrictive surgery that decreases the size of the stomach, greatly limiting food intake. Below, we will guide you through the procedure and explain how it works to help patients lose weight.

The Procedure

During this procedure, the surgeon uses a laparoscopic technique to staple off and remove about 85% of the stomach. The remaining portion of the stomach is a vertical pouch or “sleeve,” usually 2 to 3 oz in size. As a laparoscopic surgery, sleeve gastrectomy often results in smaller scars, faster recovery, and less pain compared to open surgeries.

How It Promotes Weight Loss

Reducing the stomach limits the amount of food that can be consumed. The stomach will fill up faster, so you won’t need to eat as much to feel full. You’ll still feel hungry when your body needs fuel, but your appetite will be greatly diminished. That’s because sleeve gastrectomy also decreases the body’s secretion of ghrelin, the “hunger” hormone that stimulates appetite. Ultimately, you’ll crave less, eat less, and develop healthier eating habits that should last you a lifetime.

Sleeve gastrectomy can be highly effective; many patients lose 60% or more of their excess weight within a two-year period. However, long-term results depend heavily on your behavioral changes after the surgery. To sustain your weight loss, you will need to be dedicated to developing healthy dietary habits and engaging in regular physical activity.

Are you interested in learning more about the sleeve gastrectomy St James, NY residents recommend for effective weight loss? Schedule a consultation with Long Island Laparoscopic Doctors today.