A stapler is used to remove part of the stomach to create a smaller hollow organ that restricts the passage of food. This results in a remaining tubular stomach also known as the Sleeve. The gastric sleeve involves removing 90% of the stomachs potential volume by removing the stretchiest area of the stomach which leaves a much smaller tubularized 100cc pouch. The newly created stomach is reduced from the size of a football to the size of a small banana and limits the amount of food and the speed one can eat and swallow at a time.
Dr. Michael Lee
Michael J. Lee, M.D., F.A.C.S. has been the 2012-2015 Director of Bariatric Surgery and also Director of the Bariatric and Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship Program at UT Southwestern Medical Center, one of the largest and prestigious academic medical institutions. He specializes in advanced laparoscopy and other minimally invasive surgical techniques, including all forms of weight-loss/bariatric surgery and revisional surgery.