Sleeve Gastrectomy

By: Gregg Jossart, MD  01/12/2015
Keywords: bariatric surgery, Weight Loss Surgery, Laparoscopic Surgery

During the Sleeve Gastrectomy, the part of the stomach that allows us to eat large volumes of food is removed - laparoscopically. This part of the stomach also contains Ghrelin: the cells that produce the hunger hormone. The tube-shaped stomach that remains include the nerve receptors that sense stretch, pressure and fullness, as well as the pylorus: a valve at the bottom of the stomach that controls the emptying of the stomach. The combination of a smaller stomach and less Ghrelin significantly reduces the appetite and leaves the patient feeling full longer. The Sleeve Gastrectomy is a purely restrictive operation. There is no intestinal bypass and there is no foreign body or band.

Keywords: bariatric surgery, Gastric Band, Gastric Bypass Surgery, Laparoscopic Surgery, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Weight Loss Surgery