It is one of the most commonly done procedures. It is a surgical weight-loss procedure in which the stomach is reduced to about 25% of its original size, by surgical removal of a large portion of the stomach, namely the body and funds of the stomach. So the stomach shaped like a bag will be a mere tube with a small pouch thereby restricting the quantity of food intake. The procedure permanently reduces the size of the stomach. The procedure is performed laparoscopically and is not reversible.
Most patients can expect to lose 60-70% of their excess body weight over a12 months period with the sleeve gastrectomy alone. In addition, the improvements in associated diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia, menstrual irregularities, etc also improves significantly.