Gastric sleeve

During Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy Dr Chris Debruyne removes approximately 60 to 80% of the stomach along the greater curvature, leaving only a small tube (“sleeve”) for the new stomach pouch that extends from the natural stomach opening to the natural stomach outlet (pyloric valve). The procedure helps to limit eating by reducing the overall size of the stomach and control hunger by removing the part of the stomach that produces the hunger-stimulating hormone Ghrelin.

The cutout part of the stomach is removed from the body and not left in place as with gastric bypass surgery.

How does the Gastric Sleeve work?
The vertical sleeve gastrectomy is a restrictive form of weight loss surgery in which approximately 85% of the stomach is removed leaving a cylindrical or sleeve shaped stomach with a capacity ranging from about 60 to 150 cc, depending upon the surgeon performing the procedure. Unlike many other forms of bariatric surgery, the outlet valve and the nerves to the stomach remain intact and, while the stomach is drastically reduced in size, its function is preserved. Again, unlike other forms of surgery such as the mini-gastric bypass or Roux en Y gastric bypass , the sleeve gastrectomy is not reversible.

Because the new stomach continues to function normally there are far fewer restrictions on the foods which patients can consume after surgery, albeit that the quantity of food eaten will be considerably reduced. This is seen by many patients as being one of the great advantages of the sleeve gastrectomy, as is the fact that the removal of the majority of the stomach also results in the virtual elimination of hormones produced within the stomach which stimulate hunger.

Perhaps the greatest advantage of the gastric sleeve lies in the fact that it does not involve any bypass of the intestinal tract and patients do not therefore suffer the complications of intestinal bypass such as intestinal obstruction, anemia, osteoporosis, vitamin deficiency and protein deficiency. It also makes it a suitable form of surgery for patients who are already suffering from anemia, Crohn's disease and a variety of other conditions that would place them at high risk for surgery involving intestinal bypass.

Facts about the Gastric Sleeve or sleeve gastrectomy:
Surgery for high BMI patients. For patients with a particularly high body mass index (typically 50+) many forms of weight loss surgery are either difficult to perform or present increased risk. As a result, a vertical sleeve gastrectomy (or increasingly a laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy) is sometimes performed as the first of a two-part weight loss solution to provide an initial drop in weight which then makes other bariatric follow up possible at a reduced level of risk.

Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery
During sleeve gastrectomy, the surgeon will remove the larger, rounded part of the stomach.

  • The remaining stomach looks like a sleeve (or hose or tube) and holds about 15 percent as much food as the original stomach.
  • The surgeon will remove the larger, rounded part of the stomach from the body. (This is the only gastric surgery in which part of the  stomach is taken out of the body.)
  • Unlike gastric bypass, which changes stomach openings, sleeve gastrectomy leaves the openings intact.
  • It may be a safer and more effective option than gastric bypass for patients with very high BMI, those with medical problems like anemia, Crohn’s disease, osteoporosis, extensive prior surgeries and other complex medical conditions.


  • Sleeve gastrectomy may be safer than gastric bypass for patients who have a number of health risks.
  • It lowers the risk of ulcers compared to gastric bypass.
  • The surgery cuts away the part of the stomach that produces grehlin, a stomach hormone that stimulates hunger.
  • Though the stomach is smaller, the openings are left intact, so digestion can go on as normal.
  • The body is free of foreign objects like the Gastric Band.
  • May be converted to gastric bypass or duodenal switch if necessary for additional weight loss
  • Expected excess weight loss for stand-alone procedure is 60 to 70% at two years


- 4 taxi trips between airport, hotel and hospital.

 - 4 nights stay in the B&B hotel  near the hospital for 2 people.

   This means  you stay 1 night before and 1 night after

   the operation in the hotel. After the procedure you'll stay 2 nights at the hospital.

 - Your companion can stay 4 nights in the hotel (because most people

   bring someone with them).

 - Your personal coach visits you the first evening in the hotel to explain

    the schedule, answer your questions, handle finances and you ‘ll receive his

    visitcard in order to reach him 24/7 if  you have problems or questions.

-  Consultation with your surgeon in hospital during the morning                                      

   before OR.

- 2 nights  in hospital after the operation+ X-ray day after operation.

-Visit from your personal coach to give advice and diets and to give date’s

  and addresses of aftercare clinics in your home country.


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