Advantages & Disadvantages of Gastric Sleeve

Determine which solution is right for you.

Every type of bariatric surgery carries its own advantages and possible disadvantages. That’s why it’s important to discuss your weight loss options with your doctor to determine which solution is right for you.

Advantages of Gastric Sleeve Surgery

  • Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy: Before & After PhotosThe smaller stomach still functions normally, so you can tolerate most foods, just in small amounts
  • Can later be converted to a Roux-En-Y gastric bypass, if desired
  • Eliminates the upper portion of the stomach that produces hormones that stimulate hunger (ghrelin), so your appetite often lessens
  • Less acid secretion, so less chance of an ulcer
  • Because the intestine remains intact, less chance of intestinal obstruction (blockage), anemia, osteoporosis, and protein and vitamin deficiency
  • No adjustments or foreign bodies that may cause obstruction, slippage or erosion

Disadvantages

  • Not reversible, because part of the stomach is removed
  • Weight loss may be more difficult or lessened without the intestinal bypass
  • The body still tolerates carb-rich and high-fat foods, which can slow weight loss
  • No dumping syndrome (discomfort from eating foods rich in carbs)
  • Because stomach stapling is involved, a potential for leaks and other complications exists
  • May not yet be covered by insurance companies as it’s still considered an investigational procedure

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