The Gastric Sleeve Procedure
Gastric sleeve surgery is a laparoscopic procedure, which means that the bariatric surgeon makes a series of small incisions through which surgical tools are inserted. Before surgery, our anesthesia team places the patient under full general anesthesia. To begin the procedure, Dr. Doucette makes a number of small incisions in the patient’s abdomen, inserting a tiny video camera and surgical instruments. He will remove a large portion (approximately 80%) of the patient’s stomach, significantly reducing the amount of food the patient will be able to consume. The remaining part of the stomach will be secured with staples, and the small incisions will be closed with absorbable sutures and skin glue.