In a laparoscopic, or minimally invasive, sleeve gastrectomy, about 60 to 80 percent of the stomach is removed. The remaining part of the stomach is connected to your esophagus and small intestine, which creates a sleeve shape. By reducing the size of the stomach, you will feel full from eating less.

This procedure can help you lose weight while still absorbing the full amount of nutrients in your food. Sleeve gastrectomy provides an option for patients who are at high risk for complications from gastric bypass surgery.

How is it done?

During a minimally invasive sleeve gastrectomy, surgeons make a few small incisions in the abdomen where they insert special tools and a small camera. The camera allows the surgeon to see inside the body while using tools to cut the stomach vertically into two sections. The larger section is removed and the remaining stomach is stapled shut, which creates the sleeve shape.

In a sleeve gastrectomy, there is no surgery needed on the small intestine and food progresses naturally through your digestive system.

What are the advantages of a laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy?

After a sleeve gastrectomy, you will feel hungry less often. Most patients can expect to lose 60 to 80 percent of excess body weight within one to two years after the procedure.

Unlike gastric bypass surgery, the procedure doesn’t require the intestines to be detached or rerouted. You will still absorb the full amount of nutrients and minerals from your food. Losing weight can help cure obesity-related diseases including diabetes, hypertension and sleep apnea.

Since the procedure is minimally invasive, most patients can expect a shorter hospital stay, less pain and fewer complications, lower risk of infection and a quicker recovery than traditional surgery.

Is laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy right for me?

Many factors such as your health and weight loss goals will determine if you are a qualified candidate for laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy system. Attend a free educational seminar to learn more about the benefits and possible risks of the bariatric surgeries available at Manatee Weight Loss Center.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the Manatee Weight Loss Center at 941-896-9507.