This post is not for the medically squeamish. I’m about to talk about guts. Specifically, what my stomach is about to look like in a few months and how it’s going to get that way.
You all kind of have an idea about what the human stomach looks like. At the top of your stomach, you have the esophageal sphincter, where the food is filtered into a large ridged pouch. After the food is mashed around by acid and enzymes, it moves on through the pyloric sphincter to the small intestine. Simple enough.
Vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG) or “sleeve surgery” maintains that same premise of food digestion. There’s no rerouting of intestines like gastric bypass. Instead, the surgery will reduce the pouch to about 15% of its current size. This is achieved by using a tool that looks kind of like a pair of scissors. It will cut the excess tissue off and simultaneously stitch the stomach into something that resembles a banana. The excess stomach will be removed and discarded. (Full disclosure: I’m a total weirdo and have watched an embarrassing number of these surgeries on YouTube.)
In addition to restricting the amount of food I’ll be able to digest at a time, removing part of my stomach will help to reduce the hunger hormone, ghrelin.
I like to think of my current stomach as a tote bag. Sure, I can fit a TON of stuff in there, but it’s not all necessary. I mean, who needs two pairs of sunglasses, a book, three lipsticks, car keys, house keys, office keys, receipts from the trip to the grocery store and a giant wallet? Instead, after sleeve surgery, I’ll be rocking a sleek little clutch. Only the essentials for me!
Do you have any questions about sleeve surgery? Leave them in the comments!