Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy-Open

Vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG) is a surgery to decrease the size of the stomach.

  • Call Your Doctor

    Call your doctor if any of these occur:

    • Signs of infection, including fever and chills
    • Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or discharge from the incision site

    • Persistent cough
      , shortness of breath, or chest pain
    • Worsening abdominal pain
    • Blood in the stool
    • Pain, burning, urgency or frequency of urination, or persistent bleeding in the urine
    • Persistent nausea and/or vomiting
    • Pain and/or swelling in your feet, calves, or legs; sudden shortness of breath or chest pain
    • New or worsening symptoms

    If you think you have an emergency, call for medical help right away.

  • Definition

    Vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG) is a surgery to decrease the size of the stomach.

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    This surgery involves re-shaping the stomach to reduce the amount of food it can hold.
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  • What to Expect

  • Reasons for Procedure

    Body mass index
    (BMI) determines if a person is
    or obese. A normal BMI is 18.5-25. This surgery is an option for people with:

    • BMI greater than 40
    • BMI 35-39.9 and a life-threatening condition or severe physical limitations that affect employment, movement, and family life

    If lifestyle changes are made, the benefits of VSG include:

    • Weight reduction
    • Improvement in obesity-related conditions
    • Improved movement and stamina
    • Enhanced mood and self-esteem

  • Possible Complications

    Problems from the procedure are rare, but all procedures have some risk. Your doctor will review potential problems, like:

    • Stitches or staples may loosen
    • Pouch stretches or leaks
    • Bleeding
    • Infection
    • Reaction to anesthesia
    • Heart attack
    • Blood clots
    • Nausea, vomiting

    Long-term complications include vomiting and

    Before your procedure, talk to your doctor about ways to manage factors that may increase your risk of complications, such as:

    • Smoking
    • Drinking
    • Chronic diseases, such as diabetes