Sleeve Gastrectomy Overview

By RealSelf
Sleeve gastrectomy (also called "vertical sleeve gastrectomy") is a surgical procedure--performed under general anesthesia--to reduce the size of the stomach. A smaller stomach fills up faster, making you feel full before you start overeating.

How it's done:
  • Your surgeon will make 2 to 5 small cuts in your abdomen, through which the instruments needed to perform the surgery are inserted. One of these instruments is a tiny camera called a laparoscope, which the surgeon will use to guide the operation.
    • Recovery time from laparoscopic surgery is generally much shorter than from more invasive types of operations.
  • Using surgical staples to section off most of your stomach, the surgeon creates a long vertical tube (or "sleeve") about the size of a banana.
  • The remaining portion of your stomach is removed.
  • The procedure typically takes from 60 to 90 minutes, and is irreversible.

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