By Stephen G. Boyce, MD, FACS, FASMBS, Bariatric Surgeon, New Life Center for Bariatric Surgery
Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy, in which approximately three-fourths of the stomach is removed and a narrow gastric tube is created, is the most popular bariatric surgical procedure in the United States. It is considered a quicker, less complicated surgery than gastric bypass, the long-time “gold standard” for bariatric surgery. Sleeve gastrectomy restricts food intake, but the intestines are not removed or bypassed during the procedure.
While sleeve gastrectomy is effective for many people, there will be patients who don’t lose adequate weight or the sleeve fails. Among the options patients may consider when a sleeve gastrectomy fails is to re-sleeve, or convert to the Duodenal Switch procedure.