The vertical sleeve gastrectomy, also known as the gastric sleeve. The surgeon removes about 80% of your stomach, and the patient is left with a narrow tube-shaped stomach.
This procedure is considered a metabolic operation, where it improves your bodies gut signaling physiology. This procedure was initially used as the first of two operations for treating patients with very high BMI’s. However, many patients did so well with this operation, that the procedure has since gained popularity as a stand-alone operation. This procedure is the most commonly performed bariatric operation being performed in the US.
Patients need to be on lifetime multivitamin supplements. Your doctor will monitor these vitamin and mineral levels on a regular basis to ensure your maximum health. Weight loss for this procedure is approximately 60% excess weight loss the first year, with most patients maintaining this level for the years to come.
Complications are uncommon. Some patients may develop acid reflux after this procedure.