A vertical sleeve gastrectomy procedure decreases the size of the stomach, limiting the amount of food that can be eaten at one time. During the sleeve gastrectomy procedure a thin vertical sleeve of stomach is created using a stapling device. The rest of the stomach is removed. The sleeve is about the size of a banana. As a result, you'll feel full sooner and with less food. Sleeve gastrectomy allows for normal digestion and absorption.

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Life After Sleeve Gastrectomy

Health Benefits
Co-morbid condition resolution 12 to 24 months after sleeve gastrectomy has been reported in patients. Sleeve gastrectomy patients also have experienced resolution rates for type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and obstructive sleep apnea that were similar to resolution rates for other restrictive procedures such as gastric banding.

Quality of Life
One meta-analysis stated that for bariatric surgery patients who experienced significant weight loss:

  • Overall quality of life improved greatly
  • They experienced improved physical functioning and appearance
  • They experienced improved social and economic opportunities

Recovery
Sleeve gastrectomy patients are generally able to:

  • Leave the hospital the next morning following surgery
  • Return to work after 1 week

Potential Concerns of Sleeve Gastrectomy
Sleeve gastrectomy can help you feel satisfied sooner and with less food, and also has some effect on the desire to eat. You will need to follow your specific diet and exercise guidelines provided by your surgeon to achieve success, and you will need to add vitamin and mineral supplements to your diet.