This is the removal of part of the stomach along the greater curvature resulting in a sleeve-like structure. The result is that the stomach is permanently reduced in size by about 15%. This is major surgery, performed under a general anaesthetic. It is sometimes used to help obese children and deemed very successful for weight loss.
WHAT TO EXPECT
A detailed medical examination to assess your suitability for the procedure by a qualified surgeon. The operation itself is preformed through a laparoscopy. This is keyhole surgery that pumps gas into the abdomen, allowing the surgeon to cut and remove organic material. Recovery time is considerable and involves prescription medication and rest.
Permanent weight loss without dieting. It can be performed on children but not the morbidly obese due to the risks associated with surgery. It is seen as one of the most successful of the bariatric surgeries.
As with any major surgery there is a risk of mortality during the operation. Other side effects include: damage to the vagus nerve, the sleeve leaking, and changes in your relationship with food leading to nausea or vomiting. Post operation blood clots, spasm, infections and pain may occur.
Cost – the operation cost is often prohibitive.