Type of Surgery
Last updated: 11/24/2009
A vertical sleeve gastrectomy or simply sleeve gastrectomy is a purely restrictive bariatric surgery. Restrictive bariatric surgery, and specifically vertical sleeve gastrectomy, aims to reduce the overall size of the stomach. In this procedure,...
the stomach is functionally removed from the digestive system through a vertical line of staples and then the body of the stomach is removed. This leaves the esophagus connected to the first part of the small intestine (duodenum) through a narrow tube. With most (approximately 85 percent) of the stomach removed, large amounts of food simply cannot be eatenâ€”there very little stomach left to collect it. Gastric sleeve surgery is a relatively new procedure for weight loss surgery and is used primarily in patients with BMI scores above 60 or for those in whom banding surgeries pose an unacceptable risk.
The video provides a detailed look at the bariatric surgery known as sleeve gastrectomy. The narrator explains how sleeve gastrectomy leads to weight loss for the bariatric patient.
The average Bariatric Surgery patient is a woman in her late 30s who weighs approximately 300 pounds in 2004.
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