Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy

Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy uses a sleeve to create a small "sleeve" of a stomach that looks like a tube or a banana. This surgery removes about 80% of the stomach. As you would expect, patients lose weight by limiting how much food they can take in. It is also thought to contribute to weight loss by removing the part of the stomach that make ghrelin, a hormone responsible for appetite.

Most patients will lose 50% of their excess body weight in the first year. No data is yet available for five-year outcomes. Therefore, doctors still consider this an experimental procedure since they do not really know how the surgery works for long-term weight loss and maintenance.