The sleeve gastrectomy is one of the newer surgical weight loss procedures offered at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center. In this operation, a narrow tube of stomach is created, making the stomach about the size of a cigar. The larger part of the stomach is completely removed. The advantages to this procedure are that it is usually a quicker procedure than the bypass and does not involve any rearrangement of the intestines.
This operation can be performed laparoscopically or through an open incision. We have also performed this procedure using a single incision technique.
Weight loss results with the sleeve are comparable to those with the gastric bypass.
Although it is not always covered by insurance, more and more insurance companies are beginning to cover sleeve gastrectomy, which has been approved by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery as a primary weight loss procedure.