The Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy is a procedure in which two-thirds of the stomach is removed. This leaves the stomach in a tube or sleeve shape which limits the amount of food that can be eaten at one time and allows the patient to feel fuller sooner. No other part of the digestive system is affected, so it allows for normal digestion and absorption.
This procedure only limits the amount of food consumed, not necessarily the types of foods that can be eaten. For this reason, one must be committed to a healthy lifestyle.
Patients who undergo sleeve gastrectomy surgery may experience improvement in, or resolution of, the following health problems:
- Type 2 diabetes
- Sleep apnea
- Acid reflux
- Elevated blood pressure
- Elevated cholesterol levels
How Can I Learn More about Bariatric Surgery?
We encourage anyone who is interested in weight loss surgery to attend one of our FREE public information sessions (also called PI meetings), which are offered monthly throughout the area. Check our calendar for upcoming sessions here.
At these educational sessions, you will learn about:
- the surgical procedures available
- the application process
- any required pre-operative evaluation
To learn more about weight loss surgery options or for a list of public information sessions, call Northeast Georgia Medical Center’s Bariatric Services at or fill out our "Contact Us" form here.