Gastric sleeve surgery is a surgical weight loss procedure that reduces the size of the stomach by about 75%. The decrease in stomach size causes patients to feel full sooner and may lower the production of hunger-inducing hormones, leading to significant long-term weight loss and health improvement.
Gastric sleeve surgery is performed laparoscopically through several small abdominal incisions which helps minimize pain and provide a faster recovery. The surgery lasts about an hour, and patients usually stay in the hospital for one to two days.
Most patients can expect to lose 50-60% of excess body weight in the first year after the surgery, and many see an improvement in chronic conditions and their overall health.