A sleeve gastrectomy is a procedure that limits the amount of food you can eat by reducing the size of your stomach. With this procedure, which is usually performed laparoscopically, Dr. Holley removes approximately 75 percent of the stomach. The result of this process is the stomach taking on the shape of a tube or “sleeve”, which holds much less food.
Statistically the reported weight loss for this procedure ranges from 60% of the excess weight; better results are obtained with good adherence to dietary and behavioral guidelines. With smart food choices, regular exercise and good eating habits, patients who have had a sleeve gastrectomy will enjoy and maintain good weight loss.
With the sleeve gastrectomy there is no foreign body implanted, as with the adjustable gastric band, and there is no complex intestinal rearrangement, as with the gastric bypass. Most patients find that after a reasonable recovery, that they are able to comfortably eat a wide variety of foods, including meats and fibrous vegetables. Unlike the adjustable gastric band and the gastric bypass, the sleeve gastrectomy is a permanent procedure – it cannot be reversed.
Advantages of the Sleeve
- Limits the amount of food that can be eaten at a meal
- Allows the body to adjust to its new, healthier set point.
- Food passes through the digestive tract in the usual order, allowing vitamins and nutrients to be fully absorbed into the body.
- No postoperative adjustments are required.
- Patients lose 60+% of their excess weight.
- The surgery has shown to resolve/improve high blood pressure, obstructive sleep apnea, high cholestrol, and improving diabetic symptoms.