Gastric sleeve surgery has become the first choice of many bariatric surgeons to control obesity, and it is believed that in a short time it will take the place of gastric bypass as the “gold standard”.
The gastric sleeve or vertical sleeve gastrectomy surgery is an operation in which a part of the stomach is removed leaving the remaining part in the form of a sleeve or tube, which connects the esophagus with the small intestine.
The gastric sleeve helps to reduce the surface of the stomach up to 70%, being about the size of a tennis ball or a banana (remembering the shape given to the stomach).
Unlike more invasive procedures such as gastric bypass or duodenal switch surgery, gastric sleeve surgery does not alter any portion of the digestive system. This allows a faster recovery after surgery, and is associated with less malabsorption problems and a decrease in the number of complications.