Gastric Sleeve Resection is one of the weight-loss options offered at UT Southwestern Medical Center to treat obesity and related health complications.
A part of the stomach is removed during the surgery, resulting in a smaller organ that somewhat restricts the passage of food. The theory behind the procedure is that the portion of the stomach that is removed eliminates the production of a hormone called ghrelin, which causes people to become hungry. The lack of hunger then leads to weight loss.
Patients should be aware this is a new procedure and, while it shows promise, no reliable, long-term data has been collected, nor have controlled clinical trials been performed to support its use. Most insurance companies do not cover the surgery.
UT Southwestern surgeons are proficient in this operation and will perform the procedure, but we prefer the gastric bypass or laparoscopic banding operation. We are happy to discuss all surgical options with our patients.