During a gastric sleeve procedure, also known as a vertical sleeve gastrectomy, the surgeon removes a large part of the stomach. The esophagus then connects to the small intestines through the smaller stomach “sleeve.”
By significantly reducing the stomach size, it can still function as normal, but will only hold a small amount of food. You will still be able to receive the nutrients you need, but your brain will get signals of fullness much faster, and the amount of food you can consume will become smaller.
Most gastric sleeve surgeries are done laparoscopically, which means a tiny camera and instruments are inserted through small incisions in the abdomen. Laparoscopic surgery is usually a better option than traditional open surgery because it offers reduced recovery times and complications.Previous Page Last Review Date: January 5, 2018