The Bariatric and Heartburn Center of Northeast Ohio
Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy
The sleeve gastrectomy is a procedure that limits dietary intake by significantly reducing the volume of your stomach. Generally it does not affect the absorption of food. The left side of the stomach is surgically removed. This results in a smaller stomach which only holds approximately 2-3 ounces. Sleeve gastrectomy is performed laparoscopically through 4 or 5 small incisions. It is simpler that gastric bypass since the procedure does not involve re-routing the intestines. In addition to causing weight loss by limiting food intake, sleeve gastrectomy also removes a portion of the stomach responsible for secreting the hormone ghrelin which results in a lower ghrelin level. This is a hormone is known to stimulate hunger and appetite. Reported weight loss varies, but it is generally reported that average weight loss is 50% - 70% of a patients excess weight. Most of the weight loss occurs in the first year after surgery.
Potential complications include leakage from the staple lines, bleeding, blood clots, vitamin and mineral deficiencies and others. The average mortality rate is 0.1%. Dr. Chlysta will discuss potential complications with you during your appointment.