Also called vertical gastrectomy, vertical sleeve gastrectomy, or
greater curvature gastrectomy, this procedure is restrictive and
performed laparoscopically. The patient is required to stay in
the hospital for two or three days.
The stomach is formed into one long tube by removing 85% of the
stomach. The remaining stomach is banana shaped and can hold from
30-150 cc of food. The portion of the stomach removed is
responsible for secreting ghrelin which is the hormone that
causes a feeling of hunger. This portion of the stomach also has
the ability to stretch. The remaining portion does not have the
This procedure produces a loss of about 3-4 pounds per week.
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