This procedure involves removing approximately 80% of the stomach and is done using laproscopic (key-hole) surgery. A specialised stapling device is used to turn the stomach into a narrow tube-shaped structure. Following surgery, patients will feel full after eating only a small amount of food. Patients will lose 60-70% of their excess weight, some patients may lose more weight than this.
This is a safe procedure and most patients will spend no more than two nights in hospital.
Complications and side effects of this procedure include staple line leak, stricture (narrowing) of the stomach, bleeding and reflux. Your surgeon will have a thorough discussion with you about all aspects of the procedure prior to surgery.