The procedure reduces stomach capacity by approximately 85 percent. Patients feel full sooner and therefore eat less. This procedure is performed laparoscopically (a minimally invasive weight-loss surgery technique). High blood pressure and diabetes start improving immediately after surgery–in fact most patients are off blood pressure and diabetes medications within the first 2-4 weeks after surgery.
Actual Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery performed by Moses K. Shieh, D.O., FACOS
Rapid initial weight loss similar to gastric bypass, but less risk than gastric bypass
Performed through a minimally invasive approach
Minimal risk of vitamin and protein deficiencies
Permanent procedure – no adjustments or implantable devices, such as the gastric band
One of the safest life-long bariatric procedures that currently is available
Cutting and stapling of the stomach is required
Cannot be reversed, but can be modified with another procedure if desired weight loss is not achieved or stomach stretches
1-2 day overnight stay in the hospital, depending on your health risk
Risks and complications are associated with all major surgical procedures. Although the laparoscopic technique used for sleeve gastrectomy is considered minimally invasive, it is still a surgical procedure. Severe obesity increases the risks of some complications.