sleeve gastrectomy What is it?

Sleeve gastrectomy, also known as a gastric sleeve surgery, is a new, effective weight loss procedure that helps lower food intake by reducing the size of the stomach.

How does it work?

In a sleeve gastrectomy, a surgeon removes part of the stomach to create a smaller, sleeve-shaped stomach in the shape of a banana.

The procedure helps reduce food intake in two ways. Firstly, the stomach is reduced in size, so you feel full with less food. Secondly, the sleeve reduces the secretion of the hunger hormone ghrelin, so you feel fuller faster.

The stomach pouch that is created in a sleeve gastrectomy is larger, yet narrower, than the one created in the laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. The sleeve gastrectomy can also be an option for obese patients with a large abdominal hernia because it also helps with hernia treatment.

After the procedure

Although the sleeve gastrectomy is a laparoscopic, minimally invasive procedure, it typically requires an overnight stay and a two-week recovery period. After surgery, you must remain on a liquid diet for this two-week period.

After recovery, eating should make you feel full faster than it did prior to surgery. Your Keck Medicine of USC bariatric team will help you stay on track. Your weight loss team will be available to you every step of the way and include a dedicated dietitian, gastroenterologists, psychologists and nurses. At Keck Medicine of USC, we become your support team for life to help you achieve — and maintain — your weight loss goals.

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Have questions? Our team is here for you. Request an appointment, call us at (800) USC-CARE (800-872-2273) and register to attend one of our weight loss seminars.