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What is stomach stapling?

"Stomach stapling" usually refers to a bariatric or weight loss operation. These operations are performed for the treatment of morbid obesity for patients who have severe medical problems such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and arthritis.

The most common operation in this category is gastric bypass, in which the stomach is stapled into a very small stomach and a portion of the small intestine is bypassed, which causes patients to lose significant amounts of weight after surgery. This is usually done laparoscopically, and results from this operation are very, very good.

A newer type of stomach stapling operation is called sleeve gastrectomy, where the stomach is stapled into a long, narrow tube. This also causes weight by making patients feel full after eating small amounts of food.

These operations are usually performed in American College of Surgeons or American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Centers of Excellence, where the outcomes tend to be better.

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