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Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy: What is It?

Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy is better known by its simpler name, Gastric Sleeve Surgery. Although it is a relatively new procedure, Gastric Sleeve Surgery is quite popular and has a very high success rate. Well of course all that is fine and dandy, but what exactly is a gastric sleeve and how does it help a person lose weight.

First of all, to avoid confusion, you should know that Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy has other names as well. It is sometimes called Gastric Reduction, Sleeve Gastroplasty, Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy, Vertical Gastroplasty, Greater Curvature Gastrectomy, and Parietal Gastrectomy. Did you get all that? Wow! What is it with medical professionals? Don't they know what consistency and name recognition can do for a service or product?

The first LSG (self made abbreviation for Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy, etc, etc.) was done in 2002 in England. Since then, as you know, doctors in other countries, including the US, have found it quite successful.

The surgery was originally used as an aid as part of a weight loss program, with the other half of the program being the patient's effort and commitment towards eating right and exercising daily. LSG is still used that way, but now it is also being used as a stand alone treatment for patients who need to lose weight yet have a BMI that is somewhat lower than the required 40 and above.

Through laparoscopy, anywhere from between sixty to eighty percent of the stomach is removed during the LSG procedure. To do this, the surgeon carefully manufactures a tube out of the stomach material using staples. Then this portion that has been stapled is removed. This results in a stomach of reduced size that resembles a sleeve in form.

One of the portions of the stomach that is removed during the surgery is the part that produces Ghrelin, a hormone which causes slow metabolism and makes people feel hunger. With this portion extracted, the individual's appetite is less likely to increase.

These are the two ways that Gastric Sleeve Surgery helps people lose weight. If you really want to lose weight, you need to strongly consider LSG because it's like getting two weight loss aids with one surgery.


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