Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy (LSG) is emerging as one of the most popular bariatric surgeries world over. It remains the most commonly performed bariatric procedure that we perform. It is an irreversible procedure that curtails the size of the stomach by surgically removing two thirds of it, making it roughly the size and shape of a banana. Since the procedure constricts the stomach size and also eliminates ‘ghrelin’, the hunger inducing hormone, you will feel satiated with smaller portions and lose weight quite quickly.
Is this procedure suitable for you? Read the Eligibility for surgery section to find out.
Some of the advantages that Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy has over other bariatric procedures are:
The nerves of the stomach and the outlet valve (pylorus) are not altered, preserving the function of the stomach. The rest of the gastrointestinal tract anatomy is not altered, so the food ingested follows the normal course. This results in less chance of developing lack of vitamins and minerals and eliminates dumping syndrome.
This procedure significantly decreases hunger by removing that part of the stomach that produces the main stimulating hormones.
It minimizes the chances of developing ulcers.
Eligibility for surgery
This procedure is recommended:
If you are morbidly obese
If you are super obese and are considered high risk to undergo the gastric bypass procedure
If you do not want to do lap band because you’re not particularly comfortable having a foreign body placed inside you
If you are looking to lose in excess of 70 – 80% of your excess weight and have co-morbidities associated with obesity