Sleeve Gastrectomy Stomach Surgery

Sleeve Gastrectomy Stomach Surgery

Carrying out surgery to treat obesity is nothing new and hundreds of thousands of people each year undergo surgery with the overall aim of losing weight. Bariatric surgery is the last resort for people that have tried every other non-surgical method of weight loss without success and is only used on people that are classed as morbidly obese.

There are number of different procedures that are used to help with weight loss and each one will fall under the category of either:

  • Restrictive
  • Malabsorptive

Both methods have the aim of making the stomach smaller so that less food can be consumed and therefore weight can be lost quicker. One of the newer techniques being used is called “sleeve gastrectomy stomach surgery”.

What is sleeve gastrectomy stomach surgery?

The use of sleeve gastrectomy stomach surgery in bariatric procedures is aimed at reducing the size of the stomach to around 20%-25% of its normal size, this is done by the surgeon cutting off a greater curve of the stomach, what is left is much like a sleeve which is how the name was born. The sleeve gastrectomy procedure is a permanent one unlike a gastric band operation which can be reversed.

The part of the stomach that is removed by the surgeon is the part that stimulates the sensation of hunger, this will mean that the patient will feel less hungry and also be full after a small portion of food.

Sleeve gastrectomy stomach surgery procedure

Like many other bariatric surgical procedures, sleeve gastrectomy surgery is carried out using the keyhole or laparoscopic method. The option of laparoscopic surgery is much preferred to the other method which is open surgery, this is because of the fact recovery times are quicker and patients are able to leave hospital much sooner.

The surgeon will start the operation by making a small incision around the naval; a gas is then introduced into the tummy. The gas used is body friendly and its purpose is to expend the tummy to allow enough room for the surgeon to perform the operation.

An instrument known as a laparoscope is inserted into the stomach through the naval incision and will have a camera attached to the top. The purpose of the laparoscope and camera is to transfer images of the inside of the stomach to a video monitor will give the surgeon a clear view of where to work.

More small incisions are made to the abdomen so that cutting instruments can be inserted to slice off the greater part of the stomach. The raw area of the stomach is then sealed using surgical staples and the stomach is deflated, each incision wound will also be stitched up.

The sleeve gastrectomy stomach surgery operation is carried out under general anaesthesia and the patient will remain unconscious during the full procedure.

After the operation has taken place it is likely that you will be in some discomfort and will remain in hospital for a couple of days.