27 August 2008

This procedure is considered a starting point for people who are so obese that they are not candidates for gastric bypass surgeries like Roux-en-Y or biliopancreatic diversion. For patients who are too heavy for gastric bypass and unable to lose enough weight to become a candidate, this surgery provides an opportunity to lose enough weight to have a more radical surgery done once their body size will allow it.
  • Does not involve any bypass of the intestinal tract
  • Patients don not therefore suffer the complications of intestinal bypass such as intestinal obstruction, anemia, osteoporosis, vitamin deficiency and protein deficiency
  • It also makes it a suitable form of surgery for patients who are already suffering from anemia, Crohn's disease and a variety of other conditions that would place them at high risk for surgery involving intestinal bypass.
  • It is a technically simpler operation than the gastric bypass or the duodenal switch
  • It may be a safer operation for some patients with a BMI more than 60.
  • It may be used as the first stage of a 2-stage operation.
  • Most patients can expect to lose 30 to 50% of their excess body weight over a 6 - 12 month period with the sleeve gastrectomy alone. The timing of the second procedure will vary according to the degree of weight loss, typically 6 - 18 months.

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