What is Sleeve Gastrectomy?

The sleeve gastrectomy procedure involves using staples to create a long tubular sleeve of stomach along the lesser curve side of the stomach with the remainder of the stomach, including most of the fundus and the body of the stomach, being removed permanently. 

Hobart Obesity Surgery - Gastric Sleeve The new, long and thin ‘sleeve’ of a stomach is smaller than the original stomach, restricting the amount of food that it can hold, and so promoting weight loss.

While this procedure is increasing in popularity in Australia, there are no published long term data (>5 years) and the only report concerning eight patients at the eight year mark actually indicated a trend to gain weight1.

In addition, the sleeve procedure uses staples and buttressing materials to reform the stomach so the sleeve is NOT free of foreign material and there have been cases of gastric leaks through the staple line2.


What are the alternatives to sleeve gastrectomy?

There are a number of alternatives to the sleeve. These can be explored on the What are Obesity Treatments? page.

For more information about other alternatives, contact us to arrange a consultation with Dr Tony Patiniotis.



  1. Aills,L et.al. (2008). "ASMBS Allied Health Nutritional Guidelines for the Surgical Weight Loss Patient". Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases 4 (2008) S73-S108
  2. Brethauer SA, Hammel JP, Schauer PR. Systematic review of sleeve gastrectomy as staging and primary bariatric procedure. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2009;5(4):469-475
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