Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (Gastric Sleeve Surgery)

gastric sleeveVertical sleeve gastrectomy (gastric sleeve surgery) can help patients lose large amounts of weight by surgically removing a significant portion of the stomach. It is often helpful for patients who are at an extreme risk of developing life-threatening illnesses that can be brought on by morbid obesity, and for those who qualify for other weight loss surgery procedures. While VSG has helped many patients lose weight safely and effectively, it is important to remember that this procedure is not reversible and, as with any major surgery, there are risks involved.

How Gastric Sleeve Surgery, Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy Works

A Long narrow vertical pouch (about 2-3 oz) is created by stapling off and removing 85% of the stomach. This procedure, like the lap band is a purely restrictive procedure. Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy significantly restricts the volume of food that can be eaten. There is no rerouting of the intestines thus the gastric sleeve surgery produces no malabsorption of nutrients or dumping.

gastric sleeve video While the gastric sleeve surgery, or laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, is considered a new procedure, it has been performed for several years. There is no rerouting of the intestines, and no new connections need to be made. This makes the VSG safer, easier, and faster to perform., The lack of rerouting also reduces the risk of vitamin and mineral deficiencies.

Advantages of the Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy

  • Over 80% of type II diabetes cases are resolved.
  • Hypertension is improved or resolved in many patients.
  • With the VSG there is no foreign body to break, slip, or erode.
  • Unlike the Adjustable Gastric Band there is nothing to be adjusted.
  • The feeling of fullness that you get from the VSG is much more satisfying than the feeling of obstruction or discomfort that you get with the Adjustable Gastric Band.
  • Can be performed on patients that otherwise do not qualify for gastric bypass, such as those with anemia, Crohn's disease, etc.

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