Type of Surgery


Doctor Certified

Last updated: 11/24/2009

Morbidity Mortality

The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery lists the complication rate in vertical sleeve gastrectomy to be relatively low, even among patients considered to be at high risk. It is not uncommon for published complication rates...

to be listed as zero but rates as high as 24 percent have been noted. Cumulatively the overall mortality (death) from vertical sleeve gastrectomy is 0.39 percent—lower than with traditional bariatric surgeries.



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.

Related Videos

Obesity Treatment: Surgery

This video provides a detailed description of different bariatric surgeries used to treat obesity. It describes gastric bypass surgery and lap banding with an overview of the current trends towards a laparoscopic approach. A discussion of patient selection and bariatric surgery cost is also shown.

3 most used bariatric operations - which to have ?

This animation describes the three main types of bariatric surgery. Topics covered include gastric bypass surgery, adjustable gastric banding, and sleeve gastrectomy.

Liposuction - presented by Plastic Surgery Partners

Fat cells change in size throughout our lives, depending on what we eat and how active we are. One way to remove these fat cells is through liposuction, described in the video. Both traditional and newer liposuction techniques like laser ablation (Smart liposuction) are discussed and described.

3 most used bariatric operations - which to have ?

The animation describes gastric bypass surgery, gastric band surgery, and sleeve gastrectomy. As explained in the video, these procedures use either restrictive or malabsorptive approaches to weight loss, or both.


Other Information

Sleeve gastrectomy is a surgical weight-loss procedure in which the stomach is reduced to about 15% of its original size, by surgical removal of a large portion of the stomach, following the major curve. The open edges are then attached together (often with surgical staples) to form a sleeve or tube with a banana shape. The procedure permanently reduces the size of the stomach. The procedure is performed laparoscopically and is not reversible.
Sleeve gastrectomy is usually performed on extremely obese patients, with a body mass index of 40 or more, where the risk of performing a gastric bypass or duodenal switch procedure may be too large. A two-stage procedure is performed: the first is a sleeve gastrectomy, and the second is a conversion into a gastric bypass or duodenal switch. Patients usually lose a large quantity of their excess weight after the first sleeve gastrectomy procedure alone, but if weight loss ceases the second step is performed.
For patients that are obese but not extremely obese, sleeve gastrectomy alone is a suitable operation with minimum risks. Some surgeons even prefer it over gastric banding, because it eliminates the need of having to insert a foreign body.The sleeve gastrectomy currently is acceptable weight loss surgery option for obese patients as a single procedure. Most surgeons prefer to use a bougie between 32 - 40 Fr with the procedure and the approximate remaining size of the stomach after the procedure is about 2 ounces.

From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sleeve_gastrectomy

Other Information

The average Bariatric Surgery patient is a woman in her late 30s who weighs approximately 300 pounds in 2004.

From: Bariatric-Surgery.info

Find a Qualified Specialist

Looking for a specialist?

Please enter your zip code.