Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy is one of the weight-loss options UT Southwestern Medical Center offers to treat obesity and related health complications.
In this procedure, part of the stomach is removed, resulting in a smaller organ that somewhat restricts the passage of food. The gastric sleeve procedures involves removing 90 percent of the stomach, including its stretchiest part, leaving a much smaller, tubularized stomach or what is known as the "sleeve."
The newly created stomach is reduced from the size of a football to the size of a small banana, limiting the amount of food a patient can ingest at any one time. By removing the stomach’s stretchiest portion, called the fundus, the part of the stomach that produces a hunger-stimulating hormone called ghrelin is also removed.
Sleeve gastrectomy is considered to have less risk than the gastric bypass and may be an excellent option for patients who want comparable weight loss to the bypass but may not have as much risk tolerance. This operation generally takes about half as long as a bypass.
Attend one of our free, no-obligation bariatric surgery seminars to meet our team and learn about the procedures we offer. Our bariatric surgeons, dieticians, and other team members will explain each procedure, what you’ll need to do before and after surgery, and answer any questions you may have. To reserve your seat, please complete and submit the sign-up form.