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|Step 6: Vertical sleeve gastrectomy|
Vertical sleeve gastrectomy is surgery to help with weight loss. The procedure does not change the way your body absorbs and uses nutrients.
During the procedure, a surgeon will remove most of your stomach (about 80 - 85%). The remaining parts of your stomach are joined together with staples. As a result, a much smaller stomach, shaped like a banana, remains.
When you eat, this small pouch will fill quickly, so that you feel full after eating just a very small amount of food.
The benefits of vertical sleeve gastrectomy
The potential complications of vertical sleeve gastrectomy
In addition to the usual risks for any surgery involving general anesthesia, the risks specific to vertical sleeve gastrectomy include:
As a result of this surgery, you must be able to make major changes in your lifestyle after surgery. You should visit a mental health provider to make sure you are emotionally ready.
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Reviewed By: Jonas P. DeMuro, MD, specializing in Laproscopic and Obesity Surgery, Winthrop Surgical Associates, Mineola, NY. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Previously reviewed by John Meilahn, MD, FACS, Director, Bariatric Surgery, Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network (10/31/2008).