Sleeve Gastrectomy

A popular option for people who want to lose weight fast

The gastric sleeve procedure removes about 80 percent of the stomach, reducing it to a thin vertical sleeve shape. The operation is done laparoscopically, meaning the surgeon makes small incisions and uses a small camera (laparoscope) and small instruments. The procedure is also known as a gastrectomy. Like other bariatric weight-loss surgeries, it restricts how much you can eat comfortably. It makes you feel full faster. Patients are usually at the hospitals for two days post-surgery.

Is the gastric sleeve right for me?

  • You must commit to making lifestyle changes for gastric bypass surgery to be successful. It is a permanent and non-reversible procedure.
  • The procedure is usually reserved for people whose BMI is greater than 40.
  • If you have a BMI between 35 and 39.9 accompanied by a life-threatening condition such as heart disease or diabetes, you might be a candidate.
  • If you have BMI between 35 and 39.9 and physical limitations are affecting your job, mobility and other quality-of-life issues, you might also be a candidate.

What are some of the benefits of gastric sleeve?

  • Long-term weight loss
  • Improvement of obesity-related conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and sleep apnea
  • Reduced risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Better stamina and mobility
  • Higher self-esteem and better mood 

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