The Sleeve Gastrectomy generates weight loss by restricting the amount of food that can be eaten without any bypass of the intestines or malabsorption of food because a portion of the stomach remains intact.
- Sleeve gastrectomy
- The stomach is reduced in volume but continues to function normally, so most food items can be consumed in small amounts.
- Eliminates the portion of the stomach that produces the hormones that stimulate hunger.
- There is no dumping syndrome because the pylorus (the part of the stomach that connects with the duodenum) is preserved.
- Minimizes the chance of an ulcer occurring.
- By avoiding the intestinal bypass, the chance of intestinal obstruction, anemia, osteoporosis, protein deficiency and vitamin deficiency are almost eliminated.
In addition to avoiding foreign bodies such as the LAP-BAND©, the other advantage over other procedures is that the excess stomach portion is removed. This helps patients control their hunger. An increasing number of insurance companies cover this procedure, but currently, many do not.