What is Gastric Sleeve Surgery?
Gastric sleeve surgery, also often called lap sleeve surgery, is performed by carefully removing approximately 85% of the stomach, along with Ghrelin, the hormone that makes you hungry. The stomach is divided along its vertical length in order to create a slender pouch, shaping the remaining stomach into a small tube or “sleeve”.
Since gastric sleeve surgery removes the side of your stomach, it does not alter the pyloric valve, which is what empties the food into the intestines. This is important as this allows your stomach to naturally empty itself, which leads to long-term weight loss.
The hunger hormone, Ghrelin, is also removed in the surgery. This is the hormone that alerts your body that you need to eat. After the surgery, Ghrelin levels significantly drop over the next five years. Due to the smaller stomach and lack of Ghrelin, people feel full after only a few ounces of food, which leads to a greater loss of excess weight. The purpose of Gastric sleeve surgery is to limit the amount of food ingested at any given time without altering the normal absorption of the vitamins and minerals.
Benefits of Gastric Sleeve Surgery
- The rest of the gastrointestinal tract anatomy is not changed, so food eaten follows the normal course, so there is less chance of developing a lack of vitamins and minerals.
- It significantly decreases hunger by removing the part of the stomach that produces the main hunger hormone, Ghrelin.
- It minimizes the chance of developing ulcers.
- There are usually fewer office visits than with gastric banding, since there is no need for adjustment of the size of the band.
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