Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy
The sleeve gastrectomy procedure is a relatively new surgical approach to achieving permanent weight loss. In this procedure, the doctor removes approximately 75 percent of the stomach. He leaves only a 2- to 3-ounce stomach; instead of having a full, crescent shape, the stomach now resembles a narrow tube.
The advantage to this procedure is that it does not disrupt the normal path food takes through your digestive system so there is no risk you will not have trouble absorbing the vitamin and minerals you need. However, a smaller stomach does limit the number of calories you absorb and reduces appetite-stimulating hormones.
Dr. Zeni and Dr. Roberts are in an elite group of laparoscopic surgeons nationwide who perform this surgery. Sleeve gastrectomy is a safe and effective option for patients with 100 pounds or more to lose. On average, sleeve gastrectomy patients lose up to 65 percent of their excess body weight within 18 months.