A sleeve gastrectomy is a weight-loss surgery that restricts the amount of food the stomach can hold. During the procedure, about 85 percent of the stomach is removed. The remaining portion of the stomach is stapled closed, creating a thin, vertical sleeve of stomach. The smaller-sized stomach holds less food, creating a feeling of fullness with significantly less food. The new capacity for food is about one ounce, but patients must make changes in their food intake and portion size. The stomach has the capability of expanding to accommodate more food over the long term.
Please consult with your surgeon about the advantages, disadvantages, and risks about this procedure.