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Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy

Laproscopic sleeve gastrectomy was intially the first component of the duodenal switch operation and involves removing the lateral 3/4s of the stomach with a stapling device. Over the last 5 years sleeve gastrectomy has become accepted as a primary bariatric operation. It is done laparoscopically ( keyhole surgery) and is not reversible. It basically leaves a stomach tubeor sleeve instead of a stomach sack.

Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy

The stomach is reduced in size by removing the lateral 3/4s leaving the stomach in the shape of a tubeor sleeve.

The residual stomach capacity is about 200mls so a generous entree should be possible.

Issues with Sleeve Gastrectomy

  1. Stomach tube may stretch up over time leading to late weight regain. The extent of this is currently unknown

  2. The amount of weight reduction is in the region of 40-60% of excess wt lost over the first 1-2 years

  3. It is a good option for people living in remote areas because it is a "set and forget"
    operation which requires little post op follow up or nutritional supplements

  4. There is no malabsorbtion to nutrients

  5. If weight is regained the second stage of the BPD the intestinal bypass can be added

The cost of Sleeve Gastrectomy can be discussed with the practice manager on Tel: (08) 9246 2314.

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