Sleeve Gastrectomy

This procedure is also known as the Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy. It is done by removing about 80 percent of the stomach. The remaining portion of the stomach is a tube-shaped pouch that looks like a banana. The procedure works two ways. First, the amount of food (and calories) that can be consumed is reduced because the stomach is so much smaller. Second, the surgery has an effect on the hormones that control factors including hunger, feeling full, and blood sugar. Some studies show that this procedure is as effective as the gastric bypass in terms of weight loss and improvement in type 2 diabetes.



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