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Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery

Sleeve gastrectomy is a surgical weight-loss procedure in which a major portion of the stomach is removed to leave the size of the resulting stomach to about 25% of its original volume, therefore limiting the amount of food you can eat by helping you to feel full, sooner. It allows for normal digestion and absorption so that food consumed passes through the digestive tract in the usual order, allowing it to be fully absorbed in the body. These effects empower patients to lose significant amounts of weight and maintain that weight loss. With the proper guidance of our team and nutritionists, you will get the nutrition and vitamins you need for good health.

During a sleeve gastrectomy, a thin vertical sleeve of stomach is created using a stapling device, and the rest of the stomach is removed. The remaining portion is shaped like a sleeve and is about the size of a banana. The severed edges are sealed together by three rows of staples to form a “sleeve” or tube.

The majority of weight loss sleeve gastrectomies performed today use a laparoscopic technique, which is considered minimally invasive. Laparoscopic surgery usually results in a shorter hospital stay, faster recovery, smaller scars, and less pain than open surgical procedures.


The video below provides a visual representation of this surgery:


If you're considering sleeve gastrectomy surgery, we encourage you to call any of our experienced bariatric surgeons at the Surgical Weight Loss Center. You can learn more about the risks and benefits of surgical weight loss and meet our bariatric team. We also encourage you to read testimonials from some of our patients.

There's no pressure to make a commitment regarding your weight-loss—and no better way to find out and consider all of the options for weight loss surgery.

Call us today: 804-827-0045

Benefits of Surgery

Sleeve gastrectomy surgery works in many ways:

  • It limits the amount of food you can consume at one time.
  • It enables you to feel satisfied after smaller portions.
  • It provides you with a “tool” to help achieve the permanent weight loss you desire.
  • Patients who adopt permanent lifestyle changes, both through eating changes and exercise, are usually able to keep their weight off.
  • Most importantly, sleeve gastrectomy surgery surgery often helps eliminate many of these medical problems:
    • Chronic Headaches
    • Diabetes
    • Heel Pain
    • High Blood Pressure
    • High Cholesterol
    • Joint Pain
    • Leg Swelling
    • Leg Ulcers
    • Menstrual Irregularities
    • Obesity Hypoventilation Syndrome
    • Pseudotumor Cerebri
    • Reflux (Heartburn)
    • Shortness of Breath
    • Sleep Apnea
    • Urine Control Problems












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