VSG/Gastric Sleeve/Sleeve Gastrectomy
There are a couple of different names to describe this operation–gastric sleeve, sleeve gastrectomy, or vertical sleeve gastrecomy (VSG). These are all describing the same type of surgery, which is a newer procedure being performed for weight loss. It is done with a laparoscopic technique, similar to the Lap Band and Lap Gastric bypass, which means many patients can go home the same day. It involves removing the portion of the stomach that functions mainly as a storage receptacle for food to make it much smaller, so it doesn’t take much food to make you feel full. Most studies show that the weight loss with a sleeve is slightly less than with a gastric bypass but slightly more than with a Lap Band. Also many studies show up to an 80% remission rate for Type II diabetes!