What is Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy (LSG)?
The Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy or LSG is a weight loss procedure that surgically reduces the size of the stomach by about 85%. With less stomach capacity, patients will feel full sooner, and therefore, eat less amounts of food.
Also, the stomach will not be able to secrete as many hunger inducing hormones. One of the intestinal hormones that is favorably affected by LSG is Ghrelin. This hormone is produced in the section of the stomach that is removed and is responsible for inducing hunger.
After the procedure, Ghrelin levels decrease, and as a result, patients feel less hungry and no longer have the drive to consume too many calories.
Why Consider Sleeve Gastrectomy?
Sleeve Gastrectomy helps protect you from life-threatening weight-related diseases and illnesses. If you have a body mass index greater than 35 – 40, sleeve gastrectomy may help reduce the risk of:
- Certain types of reflux disease
- Heart diseases
- High Cholesterol
- High Blood Pressure
- Sleep Apnea
- Diabetes (Type 2)