Sleeve Gastrectomy is an invasive surgical procedure in which an entire part of the large stomach is removed, through the opening of the small intestine, thus reducing the overall stomach capacity by up to 45%. The effect is usually a pouch or tube-like structure that resembles a sling. The abdominal skin is also removed and the surgery is usually repeated several times to give the patient an additional weight loss.
Is the Sleeve Gastrectomy Bariatric Surgery Procedure Right for Me?
If you're contemplating this type of surgical procedure, you need to speak with your doctor before deciding to undergo one. You will probably be required to take some tests, and a complete medical history will be required. If you've had any recent surgeries, you should be aware that your doctor may not recommend one for you. For example, if you're suffering from Crohn's disease or other digestive problems, it's likely that you may be a good candidate for a lap band.
Gastrectomies can also be performed if your stomach becomes too large. When a pouch or tube-like structure forms around your upper gastrointestinal tract, it can constrict the passageway, making it difficult to get food and liquid through. This condition is known as an ileus, and it can be very dangerous, leading to life-threatening conditions, such as peritonitis.