Gastric sleeve surgery or Sleeve gastrectomy is a surgical procedure that induces weight loss by restricting food intake. It is the laparoscopic procedure. The doctor removes approximately 75 percent of the stomach, and the stomach takes the shape of a tube or “sleeve” which holds much less food.
With healthy food, regular exercise, and good eating habits. Patients who have had a gastric sleeve surgery will enjoy and maintain good weight loss.
Removing a stomach portion reduces the body’s level of a hormone called ghrelin or hunger hormone. Thus, many people find that they are much less hungry after the sleeve gastrectomy. Ghrelin also plays a role in blood sugar metabolism. Individuals with type II diabetes often see an immediate decrease in their diabetes medications (primarily oral medications) after the gastric sleeve.
Patients have gastric sleeve loses more weight comparable to gastric bypass surgery. Can expect to lose more than 50% of their excess weight in three years. This procedure does not require implantation of a band, nor does it re-route the digestive process. Hormonal changes after the procedure help patients to feel sated, eat less, as well as improve or resolve diabetes.
Cost of Surgery
In general, the cost of Gastric Sleeve surgery varies from $4000 to $8500 depending on other factors and one geographic area to another.