A Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy is a common procedure that restricts the amount of food you can eat by making the stomach smaller. Your surgeon removes a portion of your stomach, leaving a portion about equal in size and shape to that of a banana. The remainder of the stomach is removed from the abdomen.
The removed portion produces a hormone called Ghrelin that is responsible for hunger. Therefore, in addition to decreased caloric intake, you will also have less desire to eat.
For the right patient, a Sleeve Gastrectomy may be a good alternative to Gastric Bypass or Duodenal Switch, depending on your BMI and underlying medical conditions.
While it is one of the most commonly performed weight loss procedures, it is not for everyone. For those who suffer from severe acid reflux, a Sleeve Gastrectomy could exacerbate these symptoms creating a significant reduction in quality of life and/or a need for revisional surgery in the future. As you may expect, revisional surgery carries higher risks, including an increased risk of leak and damage to other structures during surgery. This is why it's important to consult a Fellowship Trained Bariatric Surgeon about what surgical option best suits you and your needs.