weight loss surgery

Sleeve Gastrectomy

Surgery for weight loss over time

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 medical center for two or three days.

The stomach is formed into one long tube by removing 85 percent of the stomach. The remaining stomach is banana shaped and can hold from 30-150 cubic centimeters of food.

The portion of the stomach removed is responsible for secreting ghrelin, the hormone that causes a feeling of hunger. This portion of the stomach can also stretch. The remaining portion does not have the same elasticity.

This procedure produces a loss of about 3-4 pounds per week.

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