Vertical Gastric Sleeve
Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery
This is a gastroplasty but unlike earlier gastroplasties, with the vertical gastric sleeve, as much as 95 percent of the stomach is stapled off and removed from the body. (It states that 60% of the stomach is stapled off and removed on obesity-help but from early weight loss results, they had to begin taking most of the stomach to achieve sufficient weight loss).
So is it effective? Questionable according to one weight loss surgery surgeon who says he has placed lap bands in several vertical gastric sleeve patients who failed to lose weight after the original surgery.
Is it safe? Patients apparently, suffer similar repercussions to those connected with other WLS surgeries such as vomiting, pain, heartburn and stomach ulcers according to the NIH gastric sleeve website. One repercussion listed on the NIH gastric sleeve site is "Scarring inside your belly that could lead to a blockage in your bowel in the future."
And so far, little to no long term information about repercussions can be found on the web.
Gastrectomies seem safer but this may not necessarily be accurate. The following 30 year patient had a vertical gastroplasty and still retained most of her stomach which is not true in the case of the gastric sleeve, but Vicky's stomach didn't work well at all (to put it mildly) and she suffered many other repercussions additionally: Vicki's WLS story
Gastrectomy is a combination of two Latin words: gastro, meaning “stomach,” and -ectomia, which means “to cut out.”
NOTE: Since this is a reasonably new procedure, some insurance companies may not cover this surgery. Also, there is a lack of published evidence for sustained weight loss beyond 3 years however even with WLS surgeries on which studies exist, the evidence suggests that gastrectomy patients do NOT retain much weight off. The Swedish Obesity study reported at the 10 year point after gastric bypass and VBG, the average retained weight loss was 16 percent of the original weight and that only 35 percent of those with diabetes were still "disease free"
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