Lap Sleeve Gastrectomy

The laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy is an operation in which the left side of the stomach is surgically removed. This results in a new stomach that is roughly the size and shape of a banana. Since this operation does not involve any “re-routing” or reconnecting of the intestines, it is a simpler operation than the gastric bypass. Unlike the LAP-BAND® procedure, the sleeve gastrectomy does not require the implantation of an artificial device inside the abdomen.

Because the stomach smaller, persons feel full after eating a smaller meal. Also, the fundus of the stomach is removed. The fundus is the area that secretes ghrelin, a hormone that makes a person feel hungry. So, the sleeve gastrectomy may help persons feel less hungry through a hormonal mechanism.



Some of the benefits of the gastric sleeve: