Gastric sleeve, also known as the sleeve gastrectomy, decreases the size of your stomach to restrict food intake without altering digestion.
Gastric sleeve is a surgery that involves only the stomach. It does not involve surgery on the intestine. A large, rounded portion of the stomach is removed, leaving a slender section of stomach that looks like a sleeve or a banana. After a sleeve gastrectomy, patients feel full after eating much less.
Gastric sleeve leaves the openings of the stomach intact, so digestion can continue as usual, unlike gastric bypass. This procedure is also helpful for patients who want to lose weight but have health conditions that make more aggressive procedures less safe. This procedure is irreversible, but it can be converted to other weight loss procedures in the future if necessary.
Gastric sleeve is a surgical option for individuals with a body mass index (BMI) of at least 40, which equals about 100 pounds over the ideal body weight.
This surgery may also be an option for those with a BMI of at least 35 who also suffer from other obesity-related conditions like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure or sleep apnea. Learn if you qualify for weight loss surgery.
If you are a candidate, read more about what you should do before gastric sleeve surgery at Atlanta’s Center for Weight Management at Northside Hospital.