Gastric Sleeve Surgery in Orange County
How the Gastric Sleeve Works
The Gastric Sleeve is simple in design. Essentially, it is a true “stomach shrinking” operation – limiting how much food and drink can be consumed at one time.
With the Gastric Sleeve operation, specialist gastric sleeve doctors remove approximately 60% of the stomach. However, due to the geometry and the anatomy involved, the volume of food that the stomach can hold is decreased by approximately 80%. This is what makes gastric sleeve surgery in Orange County so effective.
The upper 2/3 of the stomach is re-formed to be very narrow, with an inside diameter of between 11 to 15 mm (1/2 inch, or so). This results in a narrow stomach tube, or “sleeve” configuration. The lowest part of the stomach regulates the flow of food through to the small intestine and is left completely in place.
For food to pass comfortably through the newly narrowed stomach, it must be chewed well. Since it only takes a small amount of food to fill the new stomach (or sleeve), a person will feel like he or she has eaten more food.
In addition, the portion of the stomach that is removed during the sleeve operation is the main part of the body that produces the hormone Ghrelin. Ghrelin, known as the “hunger hormone,” is partly responsible for increasing appetite. My removing the portion of the stomach that produces Ghrelin, most patients report a substantial decrease in their appetite. Scientific studies have demonstrated that the level of Ghrelin on your body remains decreased permanently.
The combination of feeling full with less food and having less appetite makes the Gastric Sleeve a very powerful and effective tool for modifying your diet and losing weight.