Dr. Martinez describes the gastric sleeve procedure.
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The Gastric Sleeve Procedure The bariatric sleeve at the present time is still considered an experimental procedure. It is a procedure that is not yet covered by the insurance companies. What we do with the gastric sleeve is, we decrease the size of the stomach by taking out most of the stomach and making the stomach tubular, coming from the esophagus down to the intestine. By doing this procedure, you limit the amount of food that you could eat. Originally this procedure was done for gastric bypass patients who are very big and who are very sick. This patient would undergo a second procedure in order to do the gastric bypass. And the first aspect of that procedure would be to do a vertical sleeve gastrectomy to remove most of the stomach out and these patients ended up losing enough weight that they, that they no longer need the second surgery.