Sleeve Gastrectomy

The vertical sleeve gastrectomy (also called sleeve gastrectomy) is a stapling procedure in which approximately 80 percent of the stomach is removed. This results in a tubular stomach, or “sleeve”, that will hold approximately 3 to 4 ounces of food or drink.

sleeve-gastrectomy The amount of stomach left behind is calibrated with a sizing tube, to ensure an evenly sized channel for food. Similar to other restrictive procedures, limiting the amount of food intake leads to an earlier feeling of satiety with meals. Additionally, the portion of stomach that is removed contains many of the cells in the body that produce a hormone called ghrelin, which is associated with the sensation of hunger.



It is not clear how much effect a decrease in ghrelin levels has on postoperative weight loss, but some patients do report feeling less hungry after this (and other) weight loss procedures.

  • Yields an excess body weight loss of 55 to 70 percent after the first year.
  • This procedure is not reversible; once the portion of stomach is removed, it cannot be put back into the body.

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If you think you are ready to start your journey to good health contact our centre today!

Dr. Stephen Wilkinson – Tasmania Antiobesity Surgery Centre

Hobart Private Hospital
Suite 1, Ground Floor
Cnr Collins and Argyle Streets
Hobart TAS 7000

Ph: 03 6214 3063
03 6214 3066
Fax: 03 6214 3064

North West Private Hospital
21 Brickport Road
Burnie TAS 7320

Ph: 03 6432 6000
Fax: 03 6432 6099