Denver Bariatric Surgery Center at Swedish Performs Sleeve Gastrectomy

Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy

The sleeve gastrectomy (Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy or VSG) is a minimally invasive surgery that creates a very small stomach, limiting the amount of food that can be taken in at one time. During the typically hour-long procedure, the surgeon staples off and removes about 85 percent of the stomach. The procedure is performed through small incisions and is aided by a tiny camera (called laparoscopic surgery). When compared to a traditional procedure, laparoscopic procedures have many benefits including:

  • A shorter hospital stay
  • Lowered risk of infection
  • Often a faster, less painful recovery following surgery


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