Obesity is generally interrelated to massive limitations in life quality or social life. The risk of subsequent diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease or high blood pressure is elevated. Surgical steps for obesity, such as sleeve gastrectomy, may be effective solution.
This minimally invasive surgery reduces the stomach in the actual sense. A major part of the stomach is removed, whereby a sleeve-like stomach remains.
Due to the reduced volume of the stomach, satiation occurs much earlier. The general functionality of the stomach and intestine is unimpaired by the sleeve gastrectomy. Everything may be eaten, just like before; only less.
The surgery is done in general anesthesia.
Questions and answers on sleeve gastrectomy
The term sleeve gastrectomy arises from the final shape of the stomach after surgery. A major part of the original stomach is removed, whereby the remaining stomach gets that shape.
No. Due to the fact that a major part of the stomach is removed in surgery, this operation cannot be reversed.
As any surgery, this may entail complications. Much is dependent on the patient’s individual health status. Since surgery is done with general anesthesia, it must be clarified whether there are earlier diseases or allergies to certain drugs. In rare cases blood vessels or surrounding organs can be injured.
The surgery takes approx. 60 minutes.
If several conservative methods have been unsuccessful then a sleeve gastrectomy may be offered in case of obesity due to high volume eating.