With the gastric sleeve, part of the stomach is removed, leaving a small sleeve or banana-shaped stomach tube that reduces the overall stomach capacity and limits food intake. Also, because the now-smaller stomach produces less of a certain hunger hormone, physical hunger is reduced.
In patients with a very high BMI or those with a history of high surgical risk, the gastric sleeve is sometimes done as the first stage of a 2-surgery treatment plan,with a malabsorptive procedure performed a year or more later.
Dr. Nelson can perform the sleeve surgery using minimally-invasive techniques. The surgeon can use a laparoscope, a small camera that is inserted into your belly, and thin surgical instruments. For patients, this means less blood loss, smaller scars, and a shorter recovery time. Our surgeon is highly-experienced in laparoscopic surgery techniques.