Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy—Open

Overview

Definition

Vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG) is surgery to decrease the structure and size of the stomach.

The Stomach
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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 are rare, but all procedures have some risk. The doctor will go over some problems that could happen, such as:

  • Excess bleeding
  • Problems from anesthesia, such as wheezing or sore throat
  • Infection
  • Blood clots
  • Stitches or staples that loosen
  • Pouch stretches or leaks
  • Lasting nausea and vomiting
  • Gallstones
  • Heart attack

Things that may raise the risk of problems are:

  • Smoking
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Chronic diseases, such as diabetes

SymptomsandDiagnosis

Treatments

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Edits to original content made by Denver Health.

a (Sleeve Gastrectomy—Open; VSG—Open)

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

Bariatric surgery. Merck Manual Professional Version website. Available at: http://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/nutritional-disorders/obesity-and-the-metabolic-syndrome/bariatric-surgery. Accessed September 27, 2021.

Bariatric surgery in adults. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://www.dynamed.com/procedure/bariatric-surgery-in-adults. Accessed September 27, 2021.

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 September 27, 2021.

Gastric sleeve surgery. Cleveland Clinic website. Available at: https://my.clevelandclinic.org/departments/bariatric/treatments/gastric-sleeve. Accessed September 27, 2021.

Weight-loss (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 September 27, 2021.

Weight management procedures. North Shore Medical Center website. Available at: https://nsmc.partners.org/weight%5Fmanagement/procedures. Accessed September 27, 2021.