Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy is a minimally invasive bariatric surgery used in the treatment of obesity. Sleeve gastrectomy is now being offered as a stand-alone procedure for morbidly obese patients. Sleeve gastrectomy is one of the novel techniques performed in carefully selected patients. It is considerably safe even in high risk patients and the perioperative risks are minimal. Vitamin and mineral supplements must be used over longer periods following the surgery.
The procedure involves removing the lateral 2/3rds of the stomach is reduced with a stapling device. It is usually done laparoscopically but is not reversible. It basically leaves a stomach tube instead of a stomach pouch.
The results of weight loss surgeries varied from one patient to another and the results can be attributed to various factors such as age, weight before surgery, exercise level, metabolism and eating habits. Patients can lose 33% to 83% of excess body weight. Most importantly, it depends on your overall commitment to gain a new lifestyle. Your new lifestyle makes you lose weight, feel better, and improve life.
Some health funds will cover lap sleeve surgery. Please check with your health plans for details.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy?
The benefits of laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy include:
- No risks of foreign body implantation
- No anastomosis or re-routing of bowel
- Better weight loss
- Good resolution/reduction of co-morbid conditions
- No need for adjustments
- Less operative time
- Irreversible, but can be converted to a gastric bypass
- Less hospital stay
- Stomach may stretch leading to weight regain
- Very difficult to fix and manage staple line leaks
What are the risks and complications of laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy surgery?
Some of risks and complications of laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy surgery are:
- Stomach ulcers
- Injury to stomach or other organs
Staple separation or leakage