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The Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy – often called the sleeve gastrectomy – is performed by removing approximately 80 percent of the stomach. The remaining stomach is a tubular pouch that resembles a banana.

Some Advantages and Disadvantages:

Advantages

  • Restricts the amount of food the stomach can hold
  • Induces rapid and significant weight loss that comparative studies find similar to that of the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass.
  • Requires no foreign objects to be inserted in the process, and no bypass or re-routing of the food stream (RYGB)
  • Involves a relatively short hospital stay of approximately 2 days
  • Causes favorable changes in gut hormones that suppress hunger, reduce appetite and improve satiety

Disadvantages

  • Is a non-reversible procedure
  • Has the potential for long-term vitamin deficiencies
  • Has a higher early complication rate than the AGB