Gastric Sleeve Procedure – Step by Step
First, general anesthesia is administered to ensure you’re asleep and pain-free throughout the surgery.
The surgeon makes several small incisions in the abdomen.
Inserting Laparoscopic Tools
Through these incisions, the surgeon inserts a laparoscope (a thin tube with a camera on its end) and other surgical instruments.
Removal of Stomach Portion
The surgeon removes about 80% of the stomach, leaving a narrow, banana-shaped portion.
This is your new, smaller stomach, also known as the ‘sleeve’.
Sealing the Stomach
The open edges of the stomach are closed with staples. The surgeon ensures that the sleeve doesn’t leak.
Closing the Incisions
Lastly, the incisions in the abdomen are closed.
You’re then taken to a recovery room, where medical staff monitor your vital signs as the anesthesia wears off.