Sleeve Gastrectomy - Also called a gastric sleeve, this procedure reduces the size of the stomach by about 90 percent. The surgeon removes a portion of the stomach and then staples the open edges together to form a banana-shaped sleeve or tube. This procedure is performed laparoscopically and cannot be reversed.
Sleeve gastrectomy is considered a good option for patients with a body mass index of 40 or more, where a gastric bypass might be too risky. In addition to meeting weight requirements, candidates must have at least one co-morbid condition such as high blood pressure or diabetes.
Gastric Bypass - In this procedure, stapling creates a small stomach pouch. The remainder of the stomach is not removed, but is stapled shut and divided from the stomach pouch.
Adjustable Gastric Banding - In this procedure, a band is placed around the upper part of the stomach to create a small stomach pouch. The larger part of the stomach is below the band, and the two parts are connected by a small outlet created by the band.
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