Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Vertical sleeve gastrectomy, like other restrictive bariatric surgery, aims to reduce the overall size of the stomach, restricting the amount of food that is able to be consumed before feeling full. Dr. Edward Hill finishes his three-part look at bariatric surgery procedures by explaining this procedure in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Laparoscopic vertical sleeve gastrectomy generates weight loss by restricting the amount of food that may be consumed without bypassing the stomach or a portion of the small intestine.

A portion of the stomach is removed and a new sleeve-shaped stomach pouch is formed. It is larger than the stomach pouch created during Roux-en-Y bypassand is about the size of a banana.

This particular procedure helps to reduce the sensation of hunger by possibly eliminating some of the hormones responsible for the hunger pains. The stomach is reduced in volume but functions normally so most food items can be consumed but only in smaller portions.

Sleeve gastrectomy is typically considered as a treatment option for bariatric surgery patients with a body mass index of 60 or higher.

Patients that could be at higher risk for other bariatric procedures because of existing anemia, Crohns disease or numerous other conditions may be a better candidate for vertical sleeve gastrectomy.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.