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Sleeve gastrectomy (also called gastric sleeve surgery) is surgery to remove part of the stomach. It helps with weight loss. The surgery limits the amount of food your stomach can hold. This can help you eat less and feel full sooner.
The surgery is usually done through several small cuts in the belly. These cuts are called incisions. The doctor will place small surgical tools and a camera, called a laparoscope, through the incisions.
The doctor will separate the upper part of your stomach from the rest of your stomach. This forms a small pouch. The pouch will hold the food you eat.
The doctor will close the cuts in your belly with stitches or surgical staples. These will be removed 7 to 10 days after surgery, unless your doctor uses stitches that dissolve. The incisions will leave scars that fade with time.
Most people go home about 2 days after surgery. You will probably need to take 2 to 4 weeks off from work. It depends on the type of work you do and how you feel.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Surgery can be stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for surgery.
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Current as of: December 11, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine & C. Dale Mercer MD, FRCSC, FACS - General Surgery
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