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Sleeve Gastrectomy

Sleeve Gastrectomy


Sleeve gastrectomy, also known as vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG), is rapidly becoming the most popular bariatric surgery procedure worldwide. This minimally invasive surgery offers a powerful option for individuals struggling with severe obesity and its associated health problems. Let’s delve into the facts about sleeve gastrectomy, exploring its effectiveness and what international research tells us.

How Does Sleeve Gastrectomy Work?

During a sleeve gastrectomy, a significant portion (around 75-85%) of the stomach is removed laparoscopically,  using small incisions and specialized instruments. The remaining stomach pouch is then reshaped into a narrow sleeve, resembling a banana. This restricted stomach size limits food intake, leading to earlier feelings of fullness and reduced calorie consumption. Additionally, the surgery removes the part of the stomach that produces ghrelin, a hormone that stimulates hunger. This double action of reduced stomach volume and decreased hunger hormone production contributes to significant weight loss.

International Research on Sleeve Gastrectomy

Multiple international studies have confirmed the effectiveness of sleeve gastrectomy for weight loss and improving obesity-related health conditions. A 2020 meta-analysis published in the Surgical Endoscopy Journal reviewed data from over 70,000 patients who underwent sleeve gastrectomy. The research found that patients achieved an average excess weight loss (EWL) of 61.3% at five years post-surgery.

Furthermore, sleeve gastrectomy has shown remarkable benefits in improving obesity-related co-morbidities. Research from the International Journal of Surgery (2018) indicates significant improvements in type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, and even some types of heart disease following sleeve gastrectomy.

Things to Consider with Sleeve Gastrectomy

Sleeve gastrectomy is a major surgery and should be approached with careful consideration. It’s crucial to consult with a qualified bariatric surgeon who can assess your individual situation and determine if you’re a suitable candidate. Like any surgery, sleeve gastrectomy carries potential risks, such as infection and bleeding. Long-term dietary changes and lifestyle modifications are essential for successful weight loss following surgery.

Sleeve gastrectomy offers a promising option for individuals with severe obesity seeking significant weight loss and improvement in their overall health. International research consistently highlights its effectiveness in achieving long-term weight loss and managing obesity-related conditions. Remember, consulting a bariatric specialist is vital to determine if sleeve gastrectomy is the right path for you.

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