Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Sleeve Gastrectomy as a Primary Bariatric Procedure

Sleeve gastrectomy is a form of bariatric surgery where a small "banana like" stomach pouch is created to restrict food intake. The surgery is commonly one stage of a two stage bariatric surgical procedure. The second stage, for example, might be gastric bypass surgery.

Now, a retrospective study, done by a group with The Bariatric Institute of Cleveland Clinic, Florida, has concluded that laparoscopic sleeve gastretomy is a safe single-stage primary procedure. In fact, the surgery is being offered as a single stage procedure at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

So, laparoscopic sleeve gastretomy may be an important surgical offering for those bariatric centers offering other forms of bariatric surgery. Offering this service could give a weight loss or bariatric center a competitive advantage.


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