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 Surgical Weight Loss Program at St. Francis the gastric sleeve surgery is typically performed using the minimally-invasive laparoscopic technique.
During the gastric sleeve procedure, a thin vertical sleeve of stomach is created using a stapling device. The 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. There are no new connections made between the stomach and small intestine in the gastric sleeve procedure.
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.
Watch St. Francis bariatric surgeon Jeffrey A. Chaudhari, MD as he performs the sleeve gastrectomy procedure.
Attend a Free Seminar in Greenville, SC
Interested in learning more about gastric sleeve surgery? Visit St. Francis to attend a free orientation seminar and learn more about what to expect, including whether you may be a qualified candidate for the sleeve gastrectomy procedure. Our center is located in Greenville, SC and is convenient to Spartanburg, Anderson, and areas throughout the Upstate.