Bariatric Surgery

Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy

Vertical sleeve gastrectomy is a surgical procedure to assist with weight loss that involves reducing the size of the stomach to the size of a banana, and removing the remaining portion of the stomach.

The minimally invasive procedure is performed laparoscopically and creates a new stomach in the shape of a long vertical tube or “sleeve.” The new stomach only holds 1-2 ounces, reducing the amount of food consumed, yet allows the stomach to function normally without changing the intestinal tract or decreasing absorption of nutrients.

The portion of the stomach that is removed contains cells that produce the appetite hormone, Ghrelin. By significantly reducing the production of Ghrelin, appetite and sensation of hunger is reduced or eliminated.

According to the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery, most patients have a success rate of more than 75% excess weight loss in the first year.

Only you and your surgeon can decide if surgery is right for you.

To learn more about this procedure or schedule a consultation, please call 570-522-4411.