Sleeve Procedure Ideal for Controlling Hunger, Managing Portions


Jonathan Reich, M.D.
Bayshore Community Hospital

Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy is a bariatric procedure that offers an excellent alternative to both gastric bypass and adjustable gastric banding.

The sleeve procedure is particularly effective for patients with mild to moderate BMI (35 – 45) and works by reducing stomach volume.

According to Jonathan Reich, M.D., a bariatric surgeon at Bayshore Community Hospital, by reducing the size of the stomach and limiting food portion sizes, the sleeve procedure provides a manageable solution for weight loss that doesn't require radical changes in diet.

“With the sleeve procedure, your diet does not change so much in terms of what you eat, but instead how much you eat,” Reich says.

"Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy reduces the stomach’s size and removes the area responsible for appetite hormone release. Dieting becomes much easier as hunger decreases," he adds.

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