Sleeve Gastrectomy

Gastric Sleeve

The sleeve gastrectomy, also known as gastric sleeve surgery, is a restrictive procedure that limits the amount of food you eat by reducing the size of your stomach. Unlike gastric bypass surgery, a sleeve gastrectomy does not involve any surgery on the intestine. At the St. Francis Surgical Weight Loss Center located in Greenville, SC and convenient to Spartanburg, Anderson, and areas throughout the Upstate, SC region the gastric sleeve surgery is typically performed using the minimally-invasive laparoscopic technique. However, if necessary, the procedure can be performed open.

Gastric Sleeve Surgery

During the gastric sleeve procedure, a thin vertical sleeve of stomach is created using a stapling device. This sleeve typically holds between 50-100 ml, about the size of a banana. After the separation of the stomach into a smaller tube, the remainder of the stomach is removed. The valve at the outlet of the stomach remains, allowing the normal process of stomach emptying to continue, which allows for a quicker feeling of fullness when eating. In the gastric sleeve procedure, there are no new connections made between the stomach and small intestine.

Because sleeve gastrectomy involves the removal of a portion of the stomach, the procedure is permanent. Your bariatric surgeon will help determine if gastric sleeve surgery is right for you.

Attend a Free Seminar in Greenville, SC

Visit St. Francis to attend a free orientation seminar and learn more about gastric sleeve surgery, including whether you may be a candidate for the sleeve gastrectomy procedure. Our center is located in Greenville, SC and is convenient to Spartanburg, Anderson, and areas throughout the Upstate.