A Less Invasive Option for Patients at Higher Risk
Gastric sleeve resection is a type of weight loss surgery that is performed to permanently reduce the size of the stomach. The goal of gastric sleeve resection is to promote weight loss by reducing food intake and lessening the sensation of hunger.
The procedure is typically performed on patients whose body mass index (BMI) is too high, putting them at risk during more invasive weight loss surgeries. During this procedure, the surgeon removes as much as 60 percent of the stomach so that it takes the shape of a tube or sleeve. Gastric sleeve resection is often followed by a gastric bypass after the patient has lost a significant amount of weight.
Newly published scientific data suggests is patients who have a BMI < 50, gastric sleeve resection is just as effective as gastric bypass for the surgical treatment of weight loss.