Weight Loss Surgeries Explained: Gastric Sleeve

Sleeve Gastrectomy surgery is the second most frequently applied surgery method in recent years to reduce obesity in overweight patients.

How does the Gastric Sleeve surgery work?

Sleeve is a stomach reduction. With this procedure, 70-80% of the stomach is removed, creating a smaller, tubular stomach, also known as a sleeve. With a smaller stomach you will feel more quickly saturated and you can eat only small portions, which leads to weight loss. The sphincter or pyloric valve remains intact with this stomach reduction and the intestine is not redirected.


There is a lower risk of "dumping syndrome". If a large part of the stomach is removed, changes in hormone balance occur. The appetizing hormone ghrelin (especially in the beginning) is present in smaller concentrations then before surgery.


Things to know about Gastric Sleeve surgery

  1. Because the body gets a lower quantity of food after the procedure, a nutrient deficiency must be prevented with multivitamins and supplements like Celebrate Vitamins.
  2. In people with a high BMI (over 50), a stomach reduction is performed frequently at first. If the weight loss stalls, a further intervention is scheduled sometimes, namely a bypass (duodenal switch, SADI or omega loop).
  3. The advantage of a gastric sleeve is the preservance of the pyloric valve. But a disadvantage can be the inadequate weight loss.
  4. A stomach reduction takes approximately 40 minutes, a keyhole operation with 5 small incisions, which is performed under general anesthesia.
  5. The prices for a stomach reduction vary from centre to centre. In most cases, health insurance pays a stomach reduction. 
  6. Your hospital stay will vary from 2-3 days.
  7. Recovery takes approximately 6 weeks, sometimes one must take much (liquid) easily digestible food or a liquid diet in the first weeks. Like our 3 in 1 Multivitamin with calcium or our 4 in 1 Multivitamin with calcium and protein. See all liquid bariatric vitamins.

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