Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy is a procedure that is effective for weight loss.
This procedure helps you lose weight by restricting the amount of food you can eat by reducing the size of your stomach. During surgery, the stomach is divided vertically and 85% of it is removed. This surgery is not reversible.
The nerves to the stomach and the outlet valve (pylorus) remain intact to preserve stomach function. There is no intestinal bypass; therefore there is no change to your natural intestinal anatomy. Unlike other weight loss surgeries, this procedure is appropriate for patients with low and high BMI.
High BMI (50 to 70)
It’s not uncommon for patients who are severely obese (over 200 pounds), to lose upwards of 100 or even 200 pounds. With this dramatic weight loss, it significantly improves your health and decreases your risk factors so that you can have an additional surgery (if needed) to help you continue your weight loss. Once your BMI is lower (35 to 50), you can have a follow-up surgery, such as the gastric bypass or Lap-Band®.
Lower BMI (35 to 50)
This procedure is safe and effective for lower BMI patients, with 90% achieving a BMI below 35 after five years. You may be a good candidate for this procedure if:
- You’re concerned about the potential long-term side effects of an intestinal bypass, such as intestinal obstruction, ulcers, anemia, osteoporosis, protein deficiency and vitamin deficiency.
- You’re considering a Lap-Band® but are concerned about the use of a foreign body.
- You take anti-inflammatory medication. Typically, these medications must be avoided after a gastric bypass because it increases the risk of ulcer.