Sleeve gastrectomy is a procedure, where the stomach is stapled. As a result, the stomach (which is ‘bag’ shaped) is changed into a ‘tube’. The capacity of the stomach is significantly reduced. This results in feeling full even after a small meal and hence reducing the volume of food eaten each meal time.
Furthermore, research has also shown that following this operation, hunger is suppressed. There is also evidence that all the obesity associated health problems improve significantly following sleeve gastrectomy.
Risks on this operation include that of leak from the staple line, injury to liver, spleen and bowel.
Mr Jayanthi performs this operation using keyhole techniques. The patient stays in the hospital for about 1-2 days following the operation.