The laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy has been performed for about 10 years. It is a purely restrictive operation (i.e. there is no malabsorptive component to this operation), meaning the weight loss results from patients eating a small volume of food following this operation. In this operation, the stomach is transformed into a long, narrow tube (or sleeve), such that only a small amount of food can be eaten at one time. Average weight loss following this operation by our surgeons is about 70% of excess body weight.
This operation is performed laparoscopically, and usually requires only one night in the hospital. Most patients can return to work after 2 to 6 weeks, depending on the type of work they do.
Patients for whom laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy might be the best choice are those who take large amount of NSAID medications or those with conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease (eg Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis).