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What are the advantages of a sleeve gastrectomy for weight loss?

Dr. Paul R. Kemmeter, MD
Bariatric Medicine (Obesity Medicine) Specialist

After a sleeve gastrectomy people lose weight, their joints get better, they are more active and they are not hungry during that timeframe. There is an entire team working to help people be successful. The bariatric team comprises surgeons, dieticians, exercise physiologists and behaviorists.

Undergoing this procedure means a commitment to a lifestyle change. It's not an obesity cure-all, but rather the first domino to fall in someone's journey for better health. It's a tool that jump-starts a change and requires changes to diet and exercise habits. Without the commitment, people will regain the weight over time.

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The advantages of the sleeve gastrectomy for weight loss include the following:

  • Weight loss is very, very consistent. The vast majority of people who have a sleeve gastrectomy will lose 50%, and most of them closer to 70%, of the amount of weight that they are overweight in a year.
  • Sleeve gastrectomy is simpler to understand than a gastric bypass and it’s much more elegant. The surgeon removes about 70% of the stomach and creates a banana-shaped tube. The sleeve gastrectomy has become the operation of choice in the United States.
  • The intestines are not cut and rerouted. The patient has a small tube rather than having two new connections to heal with the gastric bypass operation.
  • While a normal outlet of the stomach, the pylorus, is retained, people don’t get what’s called the “dumping syndrome” to anywhere near the significance of what they can get with the gastric bypass operation.

Trinity Health is a Catholic health care organization that acts in accordance with the Catholic tradition and does not condone or support all practices covered in this site. In case of emergency call 911. This site is educational and not a substitute for professional medical advice, always seek the advice of a qualified health care provider.

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