Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy—Laparoscopic

Overview

Definition

Vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG) is surgery to decrease the structure and size of your stomach. This restricts the amount of food you are able to consume.

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This surgery involves re-shaping the stomach to reduce the amount of food it can hold.
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Possible Complications

Problems from the procedure are rare, but all procedures have some risk. Your doctor will review potential problems, like:

  • Stitches or staples may loosen
  • Pouch stretches or leaks
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Reaction to anesthesia
  • Heart attack
  • Blood clots
  • Nausea, vomiting

Long-term complications include vomiting and developing gallstones .

Before your procedure, talk to your doctor about ways to manage factors that may increase your risk of complications such as:

  • Smoking
  • Drinking
  • Chronic disease such as diabetes

SymptomsandDiagnosis

Treatments

This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.

Edits to original content made by Denver Health.

a (Sleeve Gastrectomy—Laparoscopic; VSG—Laparoscopic)

RESOURCES

American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery https://asmbs.org 

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases https://www.niddk.nih.gov 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

HealthLink BC https://www.healthlinkbc.ca 

Weight Loss Surgery https://weightlosssurgery.ca 

References

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Bariatric surgery. Merck Manual Professional Version website. Available at: http://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/nutritional-disorders/obesity-and-the-metabolic-syndrome/bariatric-surgery. Updated December 2016. Accessed December 22, 2017.

Bariatric surgery. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases website. Available at: https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/weight-management/bariatric-surgery. Accessed December 22, 2017.

Gastric sleeve or sleeve gastrectomy. UC San Diego Health website. Available at: https://health.ucsd.edu/specialties/surgery/bariatric/weight-loss-surgery/gastric-sleeve/Pages/default.aspx. Accessed December 22, 2017

Gastric sleeve surgery. Cleveland Clinic website. Available at: https://my.clevelandclinic.org/departments/bariatric/treatments/gastric-sleeve. Accessed December 22, 2017.

Sleeve gastrectomy. Virginia Mason Medical Center website. Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence website. Available at: https://www.virginiamason.org/sleeve-gastrectomy. Accessed December 22, 2017.

Weight management procedures. North Shore Medical Center website. Available at: https://nsmc.partners.org/weight%5Fmanagement/procedures. Accessed December 22, 2017.

3/23/2015 DynaMed Plus Systematic Literature Surveillance  http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T905418/Prevention-and-management-of-postoperative-ileus : Short V, Herbert G, Perry R, et al. Chewing gum for postoperative recovery of gastrointestinal function. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2015;(2):CD006506.