laparoscopic-sleeve-gastrectomy-gastric-bypass.jpg The Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy is a new weight reduction surgical procedure that cuts down 75% of the stomach size by making into a tube shape. Thus the intake of food is restricted, as one feels stomach full with little food, paving way for a slimmer figure. The procedure eliminates the stomach portion that makes hunger stimulating hormones.

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a. Like other gastric bypass procedures it does not alter the intestine, which causes light headedness, vomiting and diarrhea.
b. The weight loss is to the tune of 100 pounds in the first 6 months.
c. It is safe and less invasive compared to gastric bypass.
d. The surgery takes anywhere between 45 - 60 minutes.
e. There is risk of blood clots, however this risk is lower compared to gastric bypass surgery.
f. A doctor determines if the patient is eligible to surgery or not based on his age and body mass index
g. The surgery once performed is irreversible, and is not covered by insurance companies.

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