Sleeve Gastrectomy / Gastric Sleeve
This laparoscopic procedure is performed through several small incisions through the patient’s abdomen. Surgically, 75-85% of the stomach is removed, leaving behind a smaller gastric pouch that restricts the amount of food consumed. The gastric sleeve procedure works in two ways; first it limits how much food can be eaten at one sitting. Second, by removing the portion of the stomach that produces a hormone called ghrelin, which regulates a person’s hunger, people will feel less hungry and will feel fuller faster.
Metabolic and bariatric surgery can lead to the improvement or resolution of various obesity related comorbid conditions. Several of these conditions include, but are not limited to, obstructive sleep apnea, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, and type 2 diabetes. Additional outcomes will be discussed with you during your initial consultation with Dr. Birkedal.