In gastric sleeve surgery, large portion of the stomach is removed. The remnant stomach which connects with the esophagus resembles a banana or a sleeve. Gastric sleeve is a restrictive procedure and aids in weight loss by limiting the capacity of the stomach to hold food. Alternatively called sleeve gastrectomy, gastric sleeve surgery does not rearrange the digestive system as do other bariatric procedures such as duodenal switch and gastric bypass.
Gastric sleeve scores over other bariatric procedures in the following ways:
- Less risk of nutritional deficiency
- No dumping syndrome
- No use of foreign devices (as in the case of lap band)
Affordable options for gastric sleeve surgery without compromising quality can be found in Mexico, India, Belgium, Jordan and Costa Rica.