Dr. Andrew Russell, Lap Band Surgeon Stomach Banding, Obesity Surgery

Sleeve Gastrectomy

Sleeve gastrectomy is a minimally invasive bariatric surgery. The Sleeve Gastrectomy procedure involves removing the lateral 2/3rds of the stomach with a stapling device. It is usually done laparoscopically but is not reversible. It basically leaves a stomach tube instead of a stomach pouch. The residual stomach capacity is about 200mls so a generous entree should be possible.


  • No anastamosis or re-routing of bowel
  • No foreign body
  • Better weight loss than with the Laparoscopic Gastric Banding
  • Good resolution/reduction of co-morbid conditions
  • No need for adjustments
  • No risk for internal hernia


  • Stomach may stretch leading to weight regain
  • Very difficult to fix and manage staple line leaks

Sleeve gastrectomy is the most ideal solution, if you have following criteria;

  • Your BMI is 40 or higher
  • You weigh at least 60 pounds more than your ideal body weight
  • Your BMI is over 35 and you have other serious health issues
  • Your age is above18 years
  • You have a history of being overweight
  • Your earlier efforts to lose weight provided minimal results or short-term success
  • You do not have any other disease that may have caused your obesity, and you do not drink alcohol in excess

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