Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy

Sleeve Gastrectomy at Duke Center for Metabolic and Weigth Loss Surgery

Dr. Finley was one of the first surgeons in Atlanta to perform Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy. The long term results have been impressive with this procedure.

Sleeve Gastrectomy is a surgery that involves removing a major portion the stomach, basically changing its shape from a large elastic pouch to a long tube - hence the name, "sleeve". The smaller stomach limits food intake by allowing only a small amount to be eaten at one time. A significant advantage of the Sleeve Gastrectomy is that it removes the part of the stomach that produces the hormone Ghrelin, which controls the desire to eat. There is no "re-routing" of the intestines and weight loss is similar to that of Gastric Bypass without some of the bothersome side effects of Gastric Bypass. The surgery is not reversible, but in some cases can be converted to another type of weight loss procedure if indicated or necessary.