I've had some people ask the difference between the sleeve and typical gastric bypass and lap band. So rather than try to explain it I thought I'd post this.
About Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy
This is a good surgery for me because even though I am significantly overweight my BMI is just barely 40.3. So that's considered a "light" weight by weight loss surgery standards.
Some of the advantages to this surgery are:
- Reduces stomach capacity but tends to allow the stomach to function normally so most food items can be consumed, albeit in small amounts.
- Eliminates the portion of the stomach that produces the hormones that stimulates hunger (Ghrelin).
- Dumping syndrome is avoided or minimized because the pylorus is preserved.
- Minimizes the chance of an ulcer occurring.
- By avoiding the intestinal bypass, almost eliminates the chance of intestinal obstruction (blockage), marginal ulcers, anemia, osteoporosis, protein deficiency and vitamin deficiency.
- Results appear promising as a single stage procedure for low BMI patients.
- Appealing option for people who are concerned about the complications of intestinal bypass procedures or who have existing anemia, Crohn’s disease and numerous other conditions that make them too high risk for intestinal bypass procedures.
- Appealing option for people who are concerned about the foreign body aspect of Banding procedures.
- Can be done laparoscopically: fewer wound and lung problems, less pain, and faster recovery.