The surgeon essentially creates a smaller stomach, shaped like a narrow sleeve by separating it from the larger portion of the stomach. The larger part of the stomach contains a hormone responsible for appetite, so after the sleeve procedure, hunger is greatly reduced. All the functions of the stomach remain intact, only its volume is reduced. The “sleeved” portion of the stomach remains connected to the intestines.
This is a safe and effective way to achieve and maintain a healthier weight. This operation is also a viable alternative for those patients who have specific conditions that prohibit gastric bypass surgery.
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