Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy (also known as Gastric Sleeve surgery) is a procedure that involves reducing the size of the stomach into a small tube or sleeve shaped like a banana. It is done using a video camera and long surgical instruments that are inserted into the body through small incisions made in the abdomen.
Gastric Sleeve surgery is a simple procedure and offers more benefits when compared to an open sleeve gastrectomy where a larger incision is used to open the abdomen. It is also not as dangerous because general anesthesia is not applied and there are some high-risk patients that may not be able to recover properly when general anesthesia is used.
Since this procedure is performed using instruments that are inserted into small incisions, the time it takes to complete the procedure is shorter and spending less time in the operating room is better for both the patient and their family.
The scars from the incisions in the abdomen are relatively small. These small incisions will take a shorter time to heal. They will also be less painful when compared to an open procedure and will allow patients to resume normal activities much quicker after their surgery.
Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy is safe and effective and most patients experience a 40 to 50 percent loss of excess weight within two years of the procedure. Achieving a healthier weight may also reduce any conditions related to obesity like diabetes and high blood pressure.