Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy
What is the Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy?
The Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy is not to be confused with the lap sleeve, or the sleeve gastrectomy, because they are all the same procedure.
Bariatric surgery works using two forms of weight loss either metabolic, restrictive metabolic being the type used in the gastric bypass, and restrictive being the type used in the lap band. The vertical sleeve gastrectomy happens to use restrictive the same weight loss method used in the lap band but while having fewer to none of complications and complaints found in the lap-band.
In a vertical sleeve gastrectomy nearly 85% of the stomach is removed in a vertical cut that leaves the remaining stomach in a banana shape, hence the origins of ‘vertical’ in the naming of the procedure. The remaining stomach is now 1-5 ounces depending on the surgeon and has all of the natural anatomy in tact such as the pylorus, with the stomach being smaller but functioning the same. Differing from the gastric bypass the intestinal tract is not bypassed but remains attached allowing for fewer long term potentially costly obstructions, vitamin deficiencies, and ulcers.
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