The Sleeve Gastrectomy requires removal of 85% of your stomach, leaving a narrow gastric “tube” or “sleeve”. No intestine are removed or bypassed during the sleeve gastrectomy.
Benefits of Sleeve Gastrectomy
You can expect to lose between 40-70% of your excess body weight in the first year after surgery. There is less risk of nutritional deficits associated with this procedure and few reports of “dumping syndrome” (hyperlink or hover for def.) It is possible for some patients to be converted to a gastric bypass in the future, if needed.
Potential Complications of Sleeve Gastrectomy
Possible Early Complication: Poor gastric emptying and or a Leak from suture line, which could possibly result in a prolonged hospitalization and addition surgeries and or death. These complications are rare and occur in less than 1% of the time.
Sleeve Gastrectomy is a relatively new procedure with only approximately 5 years of long term data. Currently this procedure is not covered by many insurance plans.