Although a relative newcomer to the field of weight loss surgery, laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy is rapidly becoming a popular choice. Combining the positives of both a band and bypass, it has less relative risk than a bypass and much less hassle than a band. The integrity of the gut remains intact and therefore it is useful for individuals who need to take long term medications or who have health problems where a bypass procedure could exacerbate the condition.
A sleeve is created by stapling along a sizer tube, removing approximately 80% of the stomach volume. This has the benefit of restricting how much one eats but also reduces the amount of “hunger” hormone produced by the stomach which is now reduced in size. Most individuals are less hungry with reduced cravings following this procedure.