Laparoscopic Gastric Sleeve

Laparoscopic gastric sleeve is the second most commonly performed bariatric surgery after the gastric bypass. The increase in its frequency is due to two reasons:1) as a replacement of the adjustable gastric band due to inadequate weight loss and chronic side-effects and 2) because it is a technically easier operation than the gastric bypass and it does not require such extensive experience. Sleeve gastrectomy offers very good weight loss but publications regarding its long-term weight loss results are still lacking.

The main characteristics of the sleeve gastrectomy are:

  • The lateral 2/3 of the stomach are removed permanently.
  • The small intestine is not bypassed
  • Weight loss is achieved solely through calorie restriction.
  • Based on Dr. Raftopoulos’ experience you will lose on average 60-65% of your excess weight.

The average operative time is 1.5-2 hours, the average hospital stay is 1 day and return to work is anticipated in 1-2 weeks.