The Gastric Sleeve Procedure
The surgery occurs in the operating room and is performed laparoscopically, which is a minimally invasive technique carried out through small incisions. To begin, the patient is fully anesthetized by our anesthesiologist. Dr. Doucette then performs the procedure using a tiny video camera and specialized instruments inserted through the small incisions. A large section of the patient’s stomach is then removed, leaving the remaining stomach in a curved, banana-like shape. The stomach will be about one fifth its original size and secured with staples. The only visible evidence of the procedure will be several small incisions on the abdomen.