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    What are the possible risks and side effects of tube gastrectomy?

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    Dr Vytauras Kuzinkovas

    Bariatric (Obesity) Surgeon, General Surgeon, Upper GI Surgeon (Abdominal)

    Dr V. Kuzinkovas is a UK trained Consultant Surgeon, specializing in Upper Gastro-Intestinal, Obesity, advanced Laparoscopic and Gastro-Esophageal cancer Surgery. He has Visiting Medical Officer … View Profile

    As tube or sleeve gastrectomy requires cutting and stapling of the stomach – the risks include leaks from the staple line (1 in a 100 cases in experienced surgical hands), 30% of patients can experience postoperative acid reflux issues, which gradually improve with the time. Otherwise this operation is called a “set and forget” procedure.

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    Dr Kenneth Wong

    Bariatric (Obesity) Surgeon, General Surgeon, Laparoscopic Surgeon

    Dr Ken Wong is a very experienced specialist surgeon focussing on keyhole surgery techniques for gallstones, bowel cancer, hernia and weight loss surgery. He graduated … View Profile

    A tube gastrectomy is also more commonly known as a gastric sleeve or a sleeve gastrectomy.

    In 2014, it is the most commonly performed weight loss surgical procedure done in Australia.

    It is done as a keyhole surgery, usually with one or two night stay in hospital after the procedure.

    Two thirds or more of the stomach is removed during the procedure leading to restricted portion sizes and hence weight loss after surgery.

    Risks can be short term: break down of stomach staple line after surgery or bleeding
    Long term: Reflux, narrowing of stomach tube and weight regain

    These risks and complications could lead to further operations and hospitalisation. However, the risk of complication is low and is quote as 1 in 200.

    For further information, please refer to our website

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