How Gastric Sleeve Surgery Helps You Lose Weight
During a vertical sleeve gastrectomy, your bariatric surgeon will remove up to 80 percent of your stomach and form the remaining part into a tube that resembles a sleeve.
Your significantly smaller stomach reduces the amount of food you are able to eat and drink, initially to about half a cup at a time. Your smaller stomach also produces less of the hormones that affect your appetite. The combination of being able to eat less and wanting to eat less results in significant weight loss.
Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy
In most cases, your surgeon will make small incisions in your abdomen through which instruments, including a video camera, are passed to visualize the area and perform the procedure. Sometimes, surgeons may use devices such as magnets or robot-assisted surgery to enhance their surgical flexibility and precision. This minimally invasive surgery approach:
- Shortens your hospital stay (typically one night)
- Leaves small scars
- Helps you recover quickly and with less pain