Sleeve gastrectomy or Vertical Sleeve gastriectomy  is another bariatric surgical option at NorthShore.  The Sleeve gastrectomy, removes approximately 75% of the stomach, leaving a smaller remaining stomach portion, shaped like a banana. This surgery is performed under general anesthesia and is performed laparoscopically. Usually 1-2 nights stay in the hospital is necessary. The Sleeve is considered a “restrictive” surgery. The same vitamins are necessary after a Sleeve as with a gastric bypass. Follow up with the Bariatric team, for the rest of your life, is necessary with the Sleeve, as with any bariatric surgery.

Benefits

  1. For those who do not wish to have a gastric bypass
  2. No foreign objects are implanted, as with the Lap Band.
  3. Better weight loss than the Lap Band.
  4. For those that need nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories (Nsaids) this surgery is preferred over the gastric bypass, as there is a lower risk of an ulcer.

Disadvantages

  1. This is the only truly non-reversible bariatric surgery, as a portion of the stomach is actually removed from your body. (The gastric bypass is technically reversible, although reversing it, comes with many risks.)
  2. Weight loss may not be as good as a gastric bypass.
  3.  Long term data does not exist with the Sleeve, as it does with other bariatric surgeries.
  4. There is a slightly higher risk of a leak following a Sleeve gastrectomy than with a gastric bypass.
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