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Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy in India

What is Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy ?

Sleeve gastrectomy 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 along the greater curvature. The result is a sleeve or tube like structure. The procedure permanently reduces the size of the stomach, although there could be some dilatation of the stomach later on in life. The procedure is generally performed laparoscopically and is irreversible.


Sleeve gastrectomy was originally performed as a modification to another bariatric procedure, the duodenal switch, and then later as the first part of a two-stage gastric bypass operation on extremely obese patients for which the risk of performing gastric bypass surgery was deemed too large. The initial weight loss in these patients was so successful it began to be investigated as a stand-alone procedure.

Safety and efficacy in pediatric patients

Endorsed by the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery,sleeve gastrectomy is gaining popularity in children and adolescents. Recent studies have found that it is safe and effective,resulting in weight loss similar to weight loss seen in adult patients undergoing the bariatric procedure.



Sleeve gastrectomy may cause complications; some of them are listed below:

  • Sleeve leaking.
  • Blood clots and infections.
  • Aversion to food and nausea.
  • Damage to the Vagus nerve which will cause constant nausea.
  • Gastroparesis, with a delay in moving food from the stomach to the small intestine.
  • Vomiting.
  • Esophageal spasm / pain.
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