The Sleeve gastrectomy is a relatively new weight loss operation that generates weight loss solely through gastric restriction (reducing stomach size). It is also known as Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy or Vertical Gastrectomy. The stomach is permanently divided vertically and more than 85% of it is removed. The remaining stomach is shaped like a very slim banana and measures from 3-5 ounces (90-150cc), thus restricting the amount of food (and therefore calories) that can be eaten. The surgery does not involve re-routing or reconnecting the intestines and is usually done laparoscopically (key-hole surgery).
Based on review of existing reports, the Vertical Gastrectomy has proven to be quite safe and quite effective for individuals in all BMI ranges as an alternative to Gastric Banding. Some patients with high BMI might occasionally need a second stage procedure to enhance weight loss. As will all weight loss surgeries, risks, benefits and alternatives need to be carefully considered and discussed with your physician or our weight loss surgeons.
To schedule an appointment for Weight Loss Surgery evaluation or to register for a free Informational Seminar, please call Surgical Associates at Virginia Hospital Center at 703.717.4250