The Sleeve Gastrectomy, or gastric sleeve surgery is also known as vertical gastrectomy, and approximately 80% of the stomach is removed. Gastric sleeve surgery is a newer operation, performed since 2001 as the first stage of the Duodenal Switch operation in patients who had over
200 lbs to lose. Because these patients were super morbidly obese, it was felt they would not tolerate a long operation. Doing the stomach resection first is a shorter procedure. The idea was to make the stomach smaller to lose weight, and then perform the duodenal switch operation
when it was safer to tolerate the rest of the operation. When these original patients were a year out, it was found that some patients did not need a second stage of the duodenal switch, because they were losing
weight still with just the sleeve gastrectomy. Because of that, many bariatric surgeons started doing sleeve gastrectomy as a primary weight loss procedure. This gastric sleeve surgery is now covered by most
insurance policies with some exceptions including Medicare.
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