Sleeve Gastrectomy in Jacksonville, Florida

Sleeve GastrectomyThe Sleeve Gastrectomy procedure (also referred to as Gastric Sleeve, Vertical Sleeve, Greater Curvature Gastrectomy, or the Parietal Gastrectomy) is a weight loss surgery where the stomach is divided length-ways with a line of sutures to form a long narrow tube similar in shape to a banana.  The outer portion of the stomach (about 60% to 80% of the stomach) is then separated and removed leaving the small stomach tube or sleeve.

Although the stomach volume is reduced in the gastric sleeve surgery, the new pouch still functions normally so most food items can be consumed in small amounts.  Additionally, the removed part of the stomach is responsible for secreting the hormone ghrelin which stimulates hunger.  By removing this hunger hormone, appetite is easier to control.

Like gastric band procedures, such as LAP-BAND® & REALIZE band, sleeve gastrectomy is a restrictive weight loss surgery that reduces the capacity of the stomach and feelings of hunger.  Unlike gastric band surgery, sleeve gastrectomy is achieved by removing a portion of the stomach so it is not reversible.

Historically the sleeve gastrectomy was performed as a two stage bariatric procedure for patients with very high body mass index (BMI >55).  The gastric sleeve surgery is performed first followed several months later by a duodenal switch or gastric bypass procedure.

In recent years, sleeve gastrectomy has been performed as a single surgery for patients as an alternative to other weight loss surgeries.  The gastric sleeve surgery is offered as an alternative surgery for people who do not wish to have gastric band surgery or the more invasive weight loss surgeries such as gastric bypass.  The sleeve gastrectomy is also a great option for patients with medical conditions such as anemia, Crohn’s disease and various other health conditions that make them a poor candidate for other types of bariatric surgery.

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