Gastric Sleeve is a less invasive weight loss surgery procedure performed laparoscopically. Gastric Sleeve uses sutures to restrict the size the stomach.
It is primarily used to treat obesity in patients, with an average of 60 to 70% of excess weight loss in 2 years. Gastric sleeve has also been shown to resolve 80% of type 2 diabetes in individuals.
Gastric sleeve surgery has the benefits below:
- Reduction of hunger.
The hunger inducing hormone ghrelin is reduced by removing a portion of the stomach largely responsible for its production.
- Shorter operating time compared to gastric bypass.
- Does not re-route intestines.
Reduces the risk of nutrient deficiencies.
- Less daily vitamins are needed after surgery compared to gastric bypass.
- No dumping syndrome.
While dumping syndrome can be a tool to reinforce good eating habits, it’s very unpleasant.
The pylorus remains intact and sugars have time to digest since the intestines remain untouched.
- No adjustments are needed. The Lap Band requires regular adjustments (doctor visits).
- No foreign objects are left in the body. The Lap Band leaves a silicone band around the upper portion of your stomach.
- Weight loss occurs over 18 months.
Gastric bypass weight loss is very quick. The majority of weight loss occurs in the first year.
Lap Band is gradual and requires major lifestyle changes for success. The majority of weight loss occurs over 3 years.