What Is VSG?

Some call it drastic. I call it “when all else has failed”

Vertical sleeve gastrectomy is surgery to help with weight loss. The surgeon removes a large portion of your stomach.

The new, smaller stomach is about the size of a small banana. It limits the amount of food you can eat by making you feel full after eating small amounts of food.

You will receive general anesthesia before this surgery. This will make you sleep and keep you pain-free.

The surgery is usually done using a tiny camera that is placed in your belly. This type of surgery is called laparoscopy. The camera is called a laparoscope. It allows your surgeon to see inside your belly.

In this surgery:

  • Your surgeon will make 2 to 5 small cuts in your abdomen.
  • The surgeon will pass the laparoscope and the instruments needed to perform the surgery through these openings.
  • The camera is connected to a video monitor in the operating room. Your surgeon will look at the monitor to see inside your belly.
  • Your surgeon will insert thin surgical instruments through the other openings.
  • Your surgeon will remove most of your stomach.

The remaining portions of your stomach are joined together using surgical staples. This creates a long vertical tube or banana-shaped stomach. The surgery does not involve cutting or changing the sphincter muscles that allow food to enter or leave the stomach. The surgery may take only 60 to 90 minutes if your surgeon has done many of these procedures.
When you eat after having this surgery, the small pouch will fill quickly. You will feel full after eating a very small amount of food.

Please note this video contains graphic imagery of an actual VSG surgery.

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