Sleeve Gastrectomy

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Sleeve gastrectomy is a safe, effective surgery that can help obese people lose weight. Patients may undergo sleeve gastrectomy as a single surgery or the first stage before a gastric bypass.

At the University of Maryland (UM) Center for Weight Management and Wellness, our surgeon has more than 15 years of experience in performing weight loss surgeries including sleeve gastrectomy.

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What Happens During a Sleeve Gastrectomy?

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Sleeve gastrectomy involves removing most of the stomach, limiting the amount of food you can eat.

During the procedure, the surgeon:

  1. Divides the stomach along its vertical length to create a long, slender pouch, or sleeve.
  2. Removes the rest of the stomach, about 80 percent.

Sleeve gastrectomy helps with weight loss because:

  • The stomach sleeve allows only a small amount of food to pass through.
  • Removing most of the stomach causes changes in gut hormones to suppress your appetite, control blood sugar and help you feel fuller longer.