Gastric Sleeve

The most common bariatric surgery procedure today is sleeve gastrectomy and is commonly known as “stomach reduction surgery”.

In Sleeve Gastrectomy a large portion of the stomach removed, It creates a banana-shaped stomach. Laparoscopically, about 80 percent of the outer curved part of your stomach is cut away and removed.

You will feel full after eating much less food and be less hungry between meals. A sleeve gastrectomy also removes the part of your stomach that produces the hunger stimulating hormone ghrelin. This means that your appetite is reduced.

The surgery will take about 1,5 hours. Since the stomach openings and nerves remain intact and unaltered, it does not affect the digestive system, recovery times are slightly faster than in other procedures. The risks after sleeve gastrectomy are low, some unwanted side effects may occur.

Who is a good candidate for this surgery?

Qualifying conditions:

  • Those who have a BMI score of 40 or higher (extreme morbid obesity)
  • Those who have a BMI 35-40 and with medical obesity-related conditions such as type 2 diabetes, sleep apnoea or high blood pressure that may be improved by losing weight.

In addition, Gastric Sleeve surgery can be done to patients with “new” type 2 diabetes and metabolism disorders due to obesity with a BMI score between 30 and 35, with the doctor’s consultation.

Is There Any Pain After Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

Gastric sleeve surgery is almost always done as a minimally invasive procedure using a laparoscope. This means a long, thin tube is inserted into your abdomen through several small incisions.

Surgeons can perform the surgery using robotic-assisted surgery with da Vinci technology. With da Vinci, your surgeon sits at a console next to you and operates using tiny instruments through a few small incisions.

Since the abdominal muscles are not cut in laparoscopic surgeries, there is no serious postoperative pain. The patient is given painkillers after the surgery.

Patients who undergo sleeve gastrectomy, start walking on the evening of the surgery day and usually pain on the 2nd day is much reduced. The patient may feel stressed or pressured on the first day, which is relieved with painkillers.