Gastric Sleeve surgery is the procedure of choice for most patients seeking bariatric surgery, both in our practice and nationwide. Done laparoscopically, it is an easier surgery to perform and to recover from than gastric bypass and produces results which are comparable to the bypass procedure. Most of the patients we see are excellent candidates for this procedure and do extremely well adhering to the plan we customize for them.
Are you a candidate for Gastric Sleeve Surgery?
The team at The Bariatric Experts works with you through an extensive screening process to determine if this procedure is right for you.
- 30+ BMI
- Patients with prior weight loss attempts who agree to psychological and cardiological evaluations and commit to participate in ongoing care
“Gastric Sleeve is my favorite Weight Loss Surgery solution because it’s durable, safe and effective and patients see an average of 42% of body weight loss. Plus, it will not limit medicines long term.”
Dr. Scott Stowers
During a sleeve gastrectomy, our bariatric surgeon will generally use special laparoscopic instruments to access the abdominal cavity through several small incisions and remove 85 percent of your stomach. The remaining portion of your stomach, which will be roughly the size and shape of a banana will still process food normally but just requires smaller amounts to feel full.
How the Gastric Sleeve works
Gastric Sleeve surgery works in two ways. First, because the stomach is smaller, you naturally will eat less and not take in as many calories. But there are also chemical changes that help control hunger. By removing the part of the stomach that produces “hunger hormones” such as ghrelin and leptin, the appetite is significantly diminished.
What to expect after Gastric Sleeve surgery
After surgery, you will gradually introduce foods to your system as your body gets used to a smaller stomach. For the first few weeks, you’ll be on a liquid diet and will graduate to pureed, soft and regular foods over time and based on our post-surgical analysis. With a smaller stomach, you’ll need to eat smaller meals, learn to chew your food very well and be mindful of foods that cause irritation like high calorie and high sugar drinks. With smaller meals also comes a greater need to supplement your daily vitamin intake. Our on-staff nutritionist and health and wellness specialists can work with you on the long-term nutrition and exercise needs that will maximize your success. Many of our staff members have had bariatric surgery and can give you insight on how to maximize your success.
What are the side effects?
Even though gastric sleeve surgery is less risky and less invasive than gastric bypass surgery, bleeding, infection, and blood clots in your legs are possible side effects. Some patients may also develop a narrowing of the stomach sleeve, experience heartburn or have trouble absorbing certain nutrients.