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The gastric sleeve is a restrictive procedure. It involves making a smaller sized stomach. A stapling device is used to create a new stomach that is the size and
shape of a slender banana. The excess portion of stomach is removed from the body and thrown away. This makes the sleeve an irreversible procedure. The discarded portion of stomach is one of the higher producers of a hunger hormone called Ghrelin. By decreasing how much Ghrelin is in your system, the sleeve decreases the sensation of hunger.
Advantages of gastric sleeve include:
• reduced capacity to eat large volumes of food;
• no “dumping syndrome”, like can be seen in bypass patients;
• no adjustments, like are necessary with the gastric band;
• procedure is done laparoscopically (small incisions);
• proven success;
• decreased hunger pains;
• typical recovery period of 1-2 weeks;
• reduction or resolution of serious co-morbidities such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, high cholesterol.