The sleeve gastrectomy causes weight
loss by limiting the amount of food that can be consumed.
Approximately two-thirds of the stomach is surgically
removed. This leaves a tube-shaped stomach that does not
distend, or stretch. The result is an early sensation of
fullness, with a reduction in the number of calories consumed. The
sleeve gastrectomy is a "restrictive" surgery. With the
sleeve, there are no invasive adjustments as there are with the
band. However, there is a possibility of some reduction in
digestive secretions (enzymes) with the sleeve, making it necessary
to take vitamin/mineral supplements.
Insurance companies consider this surgery to be "experimental."
Some insurance companies are not willing to authorize this surgery
as a treatment option even though it is recognized by bariatric
surgeons and researchers as an excellent, safe, long-term option
for weight loss.
There are risks with any surgery and weight loss surgery is no
exception. Your surgeon will review all the complications of weight
loss surgery in detail with you before your operation. Although
most surgeries have no complications, our staff of experienced
medical professionals is available to respond to any complications
that may arise.