About Weight Loss Surgery

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A sleeve gastrectomy. The portion on the right is removed from the body during the surgery.

Sleeve Gastrectomy

Also known as: The Sleeve, Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy, VSG

Despite having a name that sounds like it's part of a T-shirt, sleeve gastrectomy has nothing to do with installing a cloth tube in your body.

Rather, it involves trimming off and removing a portion of the stomach. This leaves a smaller and more tubular stomach that is called a "sleeve." The trimmed stomach can then become full from a smaller volume of food. Less calories consumed can lead to more weight lost.

The portion of stomach that was removed also takes with it hormone-releasing cells that might have a large effect on hunger. The end result can be substantial weight loss and improvement of serious weight-related medical conditions.

Updated: 4/14/21

Dr. Richardson specializes in weight loss surgery in Arizona (bariatric surgery), including the communities of Phoenix, Chandler, Gilbert, Glendale, Mesa, and Tempe.

For a consultation, please call 480-829-6100

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