Addis Ababa Medical College – Hargeisa Branch

The Vertical Gastrectomy

June 28th, 2016

The laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, also known as sleeve gastrectomy is a new surgical procedure for weight reduction that cuts 75% of the stomach to make this the shape of tube or banana. As a result, food intake is restricted, and the person is satisfied with less food, giving way to a slimmer figure. This procedure removes the portion of the stomach that produces hunger-stimulating hormones. Unlike other procedures such as gastric bypass, vertical gastrectomy does not alter the intestine, and causes slight dizziness, vomiting and diarrhea. Gastric Sleeve Surgery is a good option for those patients who suffer from conditions such as anemia, which could put at risk if they were undergoing procedures such as gastric bypass, where it modifies the gut and reduces the absorption of nutrients. This surgery is less invasive compared to, is between 45-60 minutes and requires an average of two days of hospitalization, weight loss is about 100 pounds or 45.3kg, during the first six months. It also presents a lower risk of blood clots that the gastric bypass.

In the, even when the stomach has been drastically reduced, normal continuous operation. The doctor must determine whether the patient is a candidate for this procedure based on your age, body mass index and medical history. Once surgery is performed it is irreversible. There is no insurance company to cover the costs of this operation as it is considered by insurance companies as a cosmetic procedure. Regards, Hector Bernal Surgeon specializing in metabolic and obesity surgery Member of the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity (IFSO)