Gastric Sleeve Surgery
Also referred to as ‘gastric sleeve surgery’ and ‘vertical sleeve gastrectomy’, this form of weight loss surgery involves the permanent removal of 80-90% of your stomach through advanced laparoscopic (keyhole) techniques under general anaesthetic.
As a result, your stomach is transformed into a long tube, similar in shape to a banana. Your ability to consume large amounts of food is significantly reduced which in turn results in the desired loss of weight.
The holding capacity of the stomach is actually reduced from approximately 1.5 litres down to just 200mls. In effect, you will feel full and satisfied after only a small meal (equivalent to approximately one cup of food). Dietitians recommend that sleeve gastrectomy patients change their eating patterns to incorporate 4 to 6 small meals per day and patients considering this procedure should factor in this necessary change in eating behaviour.
Whilst the physical size of the stomach is reduced, the flow of food through your stomach and intestines is not altered. This means that you will absorb nutrients in the normal way.
On average patients can expect to lose 60-70% of their excess weight within the first 12 months.
Would you like to know more about sleeve gastrectomy? Download a fact sheet here. Or, phone 07 5598 0955 and make an appointment with Dr Candice Silverman today. In your one-on-one consultation you will review the advantages, benefits and risks of this procedure and find out if gastric sleeve surgery is right for you.