What is the Sleeve Gastrectomy?
The Gastric Sleeve Procedure is a “Restrictive Operation” that permanently reduces the stomach size, thereby reducing the amount of food that can be consumed. It is accomplished by surgically removing two-thirds of the stomach, ultimately leaving approximately 25% of the remaining stomach in a shape of a long-tube or commonly referred to as a “Sleeve”. Besides the decrease in the stomach size, it also dramatically decreases the amount of “Ghrelin” hormone production by the stomach. Ghrelin is the hormone that triggers hunger and cravings. The combined effect of this procedure helps patients reduce appetite/cravings and feel satisfied with smaller meals, thereby leading to long-term weight-loss.