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Sleeve gastrectomy is the fastest-growing type of weight loss surgery in the United States. Candidates for this procedure typically have a Body Mass Index above 40.
Sleeve gastrectomy, also called vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG), is surgery that reduces your stomach to about a quarter of its size, resulting in a sleeve-shaped pouch.
This helps you lose weight in two ways: it limits the amount of food you can eat and also reduces the amount of the hunger-causing hormone Ghrelin present in the stomach.
After surgery, patients can expect to experience rapid weight loss for six months to a year. Other weight-related conditions may improve or disappear, including, hypertension, arthritis, venous stasis disease, certain types of headaches, heartburn, sleep apnea and many other disorders.
This procedure is performed laproscopically, a minimally invasive technique that offers smaller incisions, minimal pain and faster recovery or through a robotic procedure that allows for more precise control of the instruments and faster healing time.
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