With sleeve gastrectomy, your stomach is stapled and divided. About 80 percent of your stomach will be removed. The smaller stomach limits the amount of food you can eat during a meal. This leads to weight loss.
In general, patients lose 60 percent of their excess weight at one year post-operation. Unlike other bariatric surgeries, the sleeve gastrectomy does not involve rearranging the intestines. It also does not involve an implanted medical device, like an adjustable gastric band.
This procedure may be right for you if you take many medicines. Your body still absorbs medicines the same way it did before surgery.
This surgery does carry risks. Possible complications include leakage (from where the stomach is cut and stapled), infection, bleeding, blood clots, narrowing of the pouch, anesthesia risks, hernia and ulcers. Death from this weight-loss surgery is a risk, but it is not common. Please discuss potential risks with your surgeon.
You will need to commit to a lifestyle of healthy eating and regular exercise for the rest of your life. This will help you avoid re-gaining weight and help you manage your health.Back to top