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The gastric sleeve, or sleeve gastrectomy, is the most commonly performed weight loss surgery procedure.
Through a minimally invasive laparoscopic or robotic surgery procedure, the surgeon removes approximately 60 percent of the stomach. The remaining stomach is approximately the size of a banana. Weight loss occurs because the new, smaller size of the stomach restricts the amount of food that a person can eat. There is also a change in the hormones affecting hunger.
Multiple studies have shown the gastric sleeve is safe and effective in reducing weight and decreasing obesity related medical conditions, such as diabetes and high blood pressure.
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