Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery in Dothan


Gastric-sleeve surgery is also called sleeve gastrectomy or simply, ‘the sleeve’. This surgery was originally performed as the first of a two-stage bariatric procedure for morbidly obese patients. However, the weight loss results negated the need for the second-phase of surgery.

How Sleeve Gastrectomy Works

gastric sleeve diagramDuring gastric sleeve surgery, your bariatric surgeon removes approximately 80 percent of your stomach, leaving a narrower, cylinder-shaped ‘sleeve’. As the stomach is substantially reduced in size, the amount of food that can be eaten before feeling full is much smaller.  Additionally, the portion of the stomach that is removed produces ghrelin, also known as the “hunger hormone,” so this procedure not only restricts food intake, but usually decreases appetite as well. As with all bariatric surgeries performed at Flowers Bariatric Center, the surgeons use laparoscopic techniques to avoid the scars associated with a large incision.

Benefits of Sleeve Gastrectomy

  • This procedure offers a dual approach to weight loss, restricting the amount of food you can consume as well as decreasing your appetite, so you don’t feel hungry as often.
  • Digestion occurs normally after gastric-sleeve surgery. Unlike gastric bypass surgery, emptying of the stomach is still controlled by the valve at the base of the stomach, called the pylorus, and the intestinal anatomy is unchanged. This means sleeve gastrectomy patients do not experience the degree of nutritional issues sometimes associated with gastric bypass.
  • Gastric-sleeve surgery typically reduces excess weight by 55 percent, but there can be more-or-less weight loss depending on the lifestyle changes made following surgery.
  • This procedure does not require the adjustments associated with gastric band surgery.
  • Weight loss surgery can help reduce or eliminate health risks related to obesity, including heart attack and stroke, diabetes, asthma and sleep apnea, as well as certain types of cancer.

Risks of Gastric Sleeve Surgery

There are risks associated with any type of surgery, including the risk of infection, bleeding and blood clots. Gastric-sleeve surgery carries some additional risks, including:

  • Leakage from staple line: When the stomach is divided, it is sealed by a long row of staples. There is the potential for stomach contents to leak from this site. Your surgeons use a variety of techniques to minimize this risk.
  • Acid reflux: Some patients develop acid reflux that requires medical management. Patients with existing gastro-esophageal reflux disease are generally not candidates for this procedure.
  • Nutritional deficiencies: Reduced intake may result in nutritional deficiencies unless you adjust your diet appropriately. Following nutritional guidelines is very important.

Your bariatric surgeon will review all risks with you prior to your surgery.