The vertical sleeve gastrectomy procedure generates weight loss by restricting the amount of food (and therefore calories) that can be eaten by removing 85% or more of the stomach without bypassing the intestines or causing any gastrointestinal malabsorption. It is a purely restrictive operation.
Facts about vertical sleeve gastrectomy
The portion of the stomach that produces the hormone that stimulates hunger (Ghrelin) is removed.
The stomach is reduced in volume but tends to function normally.
No dumping syndrome because the pylorus is preserved.
Minimizes the chance of an ulcer occurring so the use anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin, Motrin, Aleve and ibuprofen should not be a problem.
No intestinal bypass and therefore little chance of nutritional deficiencies
Safer alternative for high body weight (>400 pound) or medically high-risk patients.
No foreign body or implanted devices.
Can be done Laparoscopically in virtually all patients.
99% leave the hospital within one day.
Please check with your insurance company if the vertical sleeve procedure is a covered benefit for you.
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