PUBLISHED: Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy

Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy
Ozanan R. Meireles, MD1Julia Saraidaridis, MD1Amir Guindi2
1Massachusetts General Hospital
2Ross University School of Medicine

The goal of obesity treatment is to reach and maintain a healthy weight. The primary treatment consists of diet and physical exercise; however, maintaining weight loss is difficult and requires discipline. Medications such as orlistat, lorcaserin, and liraglutide may be considered as adjuncts to lifestyle modification.

One of the most effective treatments for obesity is bariatric surgery. There are several bariatric surgery procedures, including laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding, Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, and biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch. Sleeve gastrectomy is the most commonly performed bariatric surgery worldwide. It is performed by removing 75% of the stomach, leaving a tube-shaped stomach with limited capacity to accommodate food. This is the case of an obese patient who undergoes laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy.