Laparoscopic Sleeve is a restrictive bariatric surgery. During this procedure, the surgeon creates a small, sleeve-shaped stomach. It is larger than the stomach pouch created during gastric bypass, and is about the size of a very small banana. Weight loss occurs because the procedure causes the stomach to tolerate a limited amount of food, causing a feeling of fullness more quickly.
Advantages may include:
You eat less
Prolonged sense of fullness after small meals
Rapid initial weight loss
Laparoscopic procedure is minimally invasive
Disadvantages may include:
- Permanent procedure
- Requires cutting and removing a portion of the stomach
- Requires patient discipline with diet to avoid nutritional deficiencies and malnutrition
Along with the gastric sleeve, patients are encouraged to embrace a change in lifestyle in order to maintain long-term weight loss success. They should also participate in an exercise program and have regular medical care.