The sleeve gastrectomy has been performed in Australia for around 8 years now, and involves up to 90% of the stomach being permanently removed via a stapling device, leaving the remaining stomach to form a tube. Due to the restriction in size, the stomach now holds much less food than previously, resulting in weight loss.
This procedure is not reversible, and is sometimes used as the first stage prior to a Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass.
Patients experience quicker weight loss than with other surgical options like a Gastric Band, however some patients can experience weight regain around the 4-5 year mark.
Advantages of Gastric Sleeve
- Laparoscopic/keyhole surgery
- Considered permanent due to the removal of up to 90% of the stomach
- Rapid weight loss; most weight is lost in the first 12 months
- No adjustments are required
- Lower complication risk than other surgical options like Gastric Bypass
Disadvantages of Gastric Sleeve
- Easy to cheat (with chocolates, sweets and the like).
- Hospital stay of 3-4 days
- Complications can include:
- Staple line leaks
- Weight regain
- Digestion issues
- Revisions/re-operation (further surgeries) may be required due to weight regain
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