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Gastric Sleeve

Similarly to gastric bypass surgery, gastric sleeve surgery, or “The Sleeve” involves making the stomach smaller by dividing it in two. Unlike gastric bypass surgery, however, gastric sleeve surgery removes a section of the stomach, and rejoins the remaining portions to make a banana-sized stomach, or “sleeve”, which results in the patient feeling fuller faster, which helps them lose weight.

Gastric sleeve surgery takes about an hour to complete. Your surgeon will make several incisions in your abdomen, allowing a laparoscopic camera and surgical tools to be used. About 75 to 80% of the curved outer part of your stomach is cut away and removed, including the part of your stomach which produces ghrelin, a hormone associated with hunger. Finally, your surgeon will staple or suture the remaining 20 to 25% of your stomach back together, reducing the size permanently.

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