Laparoscopic Sleeve gastrectomy
- The part of the stomach which produces a hormone that makes a patient feel hungry is removed during the procedure.
- In this weight loss surgery, the surgeon removes the outer margin of the stomach to restrict the intake of food.
- This surgery fastens the weight loss procedure in patients suffering from obesity.
- The doctor makes 5-6 inches of incision to insert a laparoscope through which about 75% of stomach is removed.
- Only a narrow gastric ‘tube’ or sleeve is left which helps in reducing the food intake. The surgery takes a couple of hours before a doctor staples the incision.
- There are two stages of the operation which are conducted at an interval of 12 to 18 months.
Objective of the SurgeryThe objective of the surgery is to reduce food intake resulting in less consumption of calories. The small sleeve stomach will make a patient feel fuller in less amount of food.
When should you go for Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy?
A BMI of over 60 is a risk to a person’s health. In case of chronic obesity, the doctor may advise a patient to go under the knife for Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy.
The excess body weight is reduced by 40% to 70%. The surgery has significantly helped patients in dealing with health issues like diabetes, heart problems, sleep apnea and high-risk cholesterol levels. Some of the risks involved are bleeding, infection and injury.