Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Gastric sleeve, also known as the sleeve gastrectomy, decreases the size of your stomach to restrict food intake without altering digestion.


What is Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

Gastric sleeve is a surgery that involves only the stomach. It does not involve surgery on the intestine. A large, rounded portion of the stomach is removed, leaving a slender section of stomach that looks like a sleeve, or a banana. After a sleeve gastrectomy, patients feel full after eating much less.

Gastric sleeve leaves the openings of the stomach intact, so digestion can continue as normal unlike gastric bypass. This procedure is also helpful for patients who want to lose weight but have health conditions that make more aggressive procedures less safe. This procedure is irreversible, but it can be converted to other weight loss procedures in the future if necessary.

Advantages of Gastric Sleeve

  • No disconnecting or rerouting of small intestine
  • Weight loss similar to gastric bypass
  • No implanted device and no adjustments
  • Safer than gastric bypass

Gastric Sleeve Risks

  • Long-term results not known conclusively
  • Severely obese patients may need a second operation with a conversion to bypass

Am I a Candidate for Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

Gastric sleeve is a surgical option for individuals with a body mass index (BMI) of at least 40, which equals about 100 pounds over the ideal body weight.

This surgery may also be an option for those with a BMI of at least 35 who also suffer from other obesity-related conditions like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure or sleep apnea. Learn if you qualify for weight loss surgery.

If you are a candidate, read more about what you should do before gastric sleeve surgery at Atlanta’s Center for Weight Management.


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