Sleeve Gastrectomy2022-10-27T22:01:47+10:30

Sleeve Gastrectomy

A Sleeve Gastrectomy involves removing approximately two thirds of the stomach through keyhole surgery effectively turning the stomach, which is like a big bag normally into a tube.

The biggest advantage is that there is no foreign device to fail or cause obstruction and there is no major alteration in the gastro-intestinal tract. Patients will feel full with an entrée size portion, but also once they get beyond the normal post-operative recovery period can eat most foods, which is a major advantage over gastric banding.

The other major effect of the procedure is to remove the part of the stomach that secretes Ghrelin, a hormone that plays a major role in determining how hungry we get. When normal people go on a diet, as they lose weight the stomach starts to produce more and more Ghrelin, which acts on the brain to increase appetite. Often people who are dieting have the sensation that they are starving to death. Patients who have had a sleeve gastrectomy generally have a greatly reduced appetite, and as they lose weight they do not suffer the hunger pains experienced by dieters.

Advantages

• Performed laparoscopically

• Fast recovery and short hospital stay

• Effective short to mid term weight loss

• Average of 60% excess weight out to 5 years.

• Wide range of foods tolerated

Sleeve gastrectomy is suitable for most morbidly obese patients. It is a great option for smaller patients with lower BMI’s and is particularly suited to country or busy patients, as there is not the same need for intensive follow up compared with other Bariatric procedures. It has a clear role in super obese or high-risk patients having a lower complication rate than bigger procedures such as gastric bypass. In super obese patients we will often do a sleeve gastrectomy as the first part of the SADI procedure which can safely be completed after a few months once the patient has reached a safer weight.

We have been performing laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy for over 16 years now, with around 3000 patients and as such have one of the biggest series in Australia. With this large experience we have been able to achieve excellent outcomes in terms of weight loss whilst maintaining a very low complication rate.

Generally most patients will be asked to go on a pre-operative diet.

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