Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy

Sleeve-GastrectomyPatients who are suffering from morbid obesity and who are candidates for procedures such as the LAP-BAND® System may be eligible for laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG). Also known as laparoscopic sleeve gastric resection or gastric sleeve surgery, LSG is designed to remove a large portion of the stomach and limit food intake. The procedure allows patients to have an earlier feeling of fullness after eating, leading to significant weight loss. LSG is not a reversible procedure like adjustable gastric banding options. The procedure was first performed on patients who weigh 500 pounds or more as a stage prior to gastric bypass or duodenal switch procedures. Its success in weight loss level has lead to its emergence as a primary operation on its own.
Please contact Suburban Surgical Care Specialists/Kane center to schedule a consultation for laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy from our Chicago, Illinois-area bariatric surgeons.

Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (Gastric Sleeve Surgery)

Vertical sleeve gastrectomy (gastric sleeve surgery) can help patients lose large amounts of weight by surgically removing a significant portion of the stomach. It is often helpful for patients who are at an extreme risk of developing life-threatening illnesses that can be brought on by morbid obesity, and for those who qualify for other weight loss surgery procedures. While VSG has helped many patients lose weight safely and effectively, it is important to remember that this procedure is not reversible and, as with any major surgery, there are risks involved. Our doctors here at Surburban Surgical Care Specialists/Kane Center will meet with you and discuss your candidacy for the procedure, as well as risks and benefits, in an initial consultation. All of your questions and concerns will be addressed, and together, we will decide if vertical sleeve gastrectomy is the right procedure for your needs.

The Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastric Resection Procedure

Since gastric sleeve surgery is performed laparoscopically, with tiny instruments and small incisions, the procedure is typically completed more quickly and results in a more rapid recovery when compared with more traditional surgical techniques. Our bariatric surgeon will make five or six incisions in the abdominal region, through which he will permanently remove about 70-80 percent of the stomach using a stapling device. However, most people who qualify for laparoscopic surgery may also eligible for Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS), which involves only one incision, typically through the navel, typically offering a better cosmetic option with less scarring and less recovery time. Candidates for Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery are determined by Body Mass Index (BMI) and height.

Upon resectioning the stomach, our surgeon will create a thin stomach tube to retain the natural openings for food to pass through. This is what’s called the “sleeve,” and it will hold less food than before – helping you to feel full after less food intake and making it possible to lose significant amounts of weight.

The laparoscopic sleeve gastric resection procedure (vertical sleeve gastrectomy) is performed under general anesthesia.


Some pain and discomfort can be expected after LSG surgery; however, this is typically rather mild – owing to the use of the laparoscopic surgical technique – and can be managed with medication. Most patients can resume normal daily activities after one week. Our bariatric surgery team will also schedule routine follow-up appointments with you to monitor your progress, ensure that you are healing properly, and help you adjust to your new dietary habits.

At Suburban Surgical Care Specialists/Kane Center, we want to make sure that you are losing weight safely and effectively. We have established a comprehensive aftercare program that is designed to assist you as you take further steps on the road to better health. Please feel free to attend one of our bariatric surgery seminars, or ask about our support groups. Fighting morbid obesity is a challenging, life-altering task, and our team is here to help you every step of the way.

Did you know that weight loss surgery is often a covered benefit? Contact our bariatric surgical practice to schedule a consultation, or to discuss other weight loss surgery options such as the gastric bypass procedure.