Similar to the gastric band, this procedure is also performed by keyhole surgery.
Because obese people have much larger stomach’s than people who are normal weight, they need to eat more to feel full. The Sleeve is a procedure where a section of the stomach pouch is removed reducing the size of the stomach and therefore giving the sensation of feeling comfortably full after eating a smaller amount of food, and also making you feel fuller for longer. The procedure generally results in no pain or discomfort whatsoever. Research shows that the Sleeve consistently achieves greater weight loss than the gastric band.
Who is this procedure suited to?
* Obese and morbidly obese people.
* People who may have difficulty maintaining stringent dietary restrictions in the long term.
* This procedure is suited to a wide range of people.
What are the advantages?
* Typical weight loss is around 60-80% of excess weight within two years. On average about 10-20% greater weight loss than the band.
* This procedure is called a ’set and forget’ procedure with no need for regular medical reviews and adjustments like the gastric band.
* People may return to more fibrous solid foods over time such as steak, sausages and bread, which is not always possible with the band.
* The sleeve does not cause any changes to food absorption.
* Hospital stay is generally 3 days, just for monitoring.
* Requires minimal vitamin and mineral supplementation after the procedure.
What are the disadvantages?
* A possible complication associated with this procedure is when leaking occurs from the suture line where the section of the stomach is removed. This generally requires surgery to repair the leak and monitoring in hospital. New technology has addressed this problem reducing the risk of this complication to below 1%.