During a sleeve gastrectomy, a thin vertical sleeve of stomach is created using a stapling device. The sleeve is about the size of a small banana. The excised portion of the stomach is removed from the body.
Food passes through the digestive tract in the usual way, allowing vitamins and nutrients to be fully absorbed into the body. Like other metabolic surgeries, it also helps to establish a lower, healthier body fat set point by changing the signals between the stomach, brain, and liver.
A sleeve gastrectomy limits the amount of food you can eat by permanently reducing the size of your stomach. As a result, you feel full with less food and stay satisfied longer.
For More Information
If you have any questions, or would just like more information about your weight loss surgery options, please contact our Bariatric Cordinator, Lana, at (605) 217-5511.
You can also reach Lana by email: lcasey@http://midlandsclinic.com.