Sleeve gastrectomy

A multi-disciplinary team approach to sleeve gastrectomy

A sleeve gastrectomy, often referred to simply as a “sleeve” or a Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (VSG) is a type of weight loss surgery. It involves the removal of a significant portion of the stomach, leaving behind a smaller, sleeve-shaped stomach.

Why does a sleeve gastrectomy help you to lose weight?

Altered hormone signals change how your blood sugar levels are controlled, decrease your hunger, and increase your feelings of fullness. This affects how your body processes and stores calories from food, which improves your metabolic health and helps your body to manage weight by lowering its metabolic set point.

What are the benefits of a sleeve gastrectomy?

The procedure is performed laparoscopically, which means it’s minimally invasive, resulting in smaller incisions and shorter recovery times. It involves removing a portion of the stomach and doesn’t require complex rerouting of the digestive system, as seen in gastric bypass surgery.

Unlike some other weight loss surgeries that involve implanting devices (eg. gastric banding), sleeve gastrectomy doesn’t involve any foreign objects that may require adjustments, maintenance, or removal. It also typically preserves normal nutrient absorption because it doesn’t reroute the small intestine.

However, it’s essential to remember that the best option for you depends on your specific health, lifestyle, and weight loss goals. It’s important to consider the benefits and potential risks associated with each surgical option and speak to your surgeon or weight loss team.

Some of the key outcomes that can result from a sleeve gastrectomy procedure could include:

  • Improved cardiovascular health
  • Better blood sugar control
  • Reduced risk of stroke
  • Enhanced joint health
  • Better respiratory function
  • Improved sleep
  • Enhanced mental health

Did you know?

Sleeve gastrectomy, Dr Scott Whiting

How can Dr Whiting and his multidisciplinary team support you?

It’s important to note that the benefits of weight loss are not just physical; they extend to psychological and emotional wellbeing as well. The approach to weight loss should be gradual, sustainable, and balanced to maximise these benefits while minimising potential risks.

This is why Dr Scott Whiting employs a multi-disciplinary approach which ensures the best possible outcomes for his patients. Using world-class research to inform his procedures, you will be well cared for both pre- and post- bariatric surgery.

Contact us to arrange a consultation with Dr Whiting to discuss your weight loss options.

Health risks* of a sleeve gastrectomy are generally low (rate of any adverse event 1.6%), and can include:

  • Malnutrition if recommended supplements are not taken
  • Complications from the stomach stapling
  • Risk for stomach or oesophageal (food pipe) problems


Actual risks will depend on individual circumstances and should be discussed with Dr Whiting.

Interested in learning more about Dr Whiting’s bariatric and weight loss surgery options?


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Monash University Bariatric Surgery Registry. Bariatric Surgery Registry 2018/19 Report. June 2019. Available here.

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Date: 28 August 2024
Time: 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Venue: Mater Conference Centre

Are you considering weightloss surgery?

If your BMI is between 30-35 without obesity-related health conditions, Dr Whiting will carefully determine your eligibility for surgical weight-loss interventions.

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