Gastric Sleeve

Also called gastrectomy, the gastric sleeve procedure removes approximately 80% of the stomach, reducing it to a thin vertical sleeve. Similarly to gastric bypass and lap-band surgeries, the procedure helps patients lose weight by restricting the amount of food they can eat and helping them feel full faster.

The surgery also affects the levels of hormones that impact hunger, your feelings of fullness and blood sugar control. Gastric sleeve patients typically stay at our hospitals for 2 days post-surgery. When combined with permanent commitments to healthy eating and regular exercise, a gastric sleeve can help overweight or obese individuals shed pounds and improve their overall health.

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9 Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Weight Loss Surgery

How could losing a significant amount of weight change your life?

After trying other ways to get to the weight that makes you feel good, you may want to explore the option of surgery. To make sure that you are completely informed, make a list of questions for your doctor visit, or take with you to an introductory seminar. Here are a few suggestions to get you started:
  1. Do I have surgery options? What is the difference in results?
  2. If I do not have surgery, what is the risk?
  3. What can I expect for the outcome?
  4. How much pain can I expect, and how will it be managed in the hospital and after I go home?
  5. How long will I be in the hospital?
  6. What will I be able to eat/not eat after bariatric surgery?
  7. How long will it take to lose weight, and what can I do to maintain weight loss?
  8. What are the major and/or most frequent complications of surgery?
  9. What can I do to decrease my risk of complications?
Because obesity is so harmful to health, having surgery to help with significant weight loss may greatly reduce your risk of premature death. And, surgical techniques for weight loss surgery have been shown to be as safe or safer than gallbladder or hip replacement surgery, and the overall likelihood of major complications is about 4%.

The decision to have weight loss surgery typically happens after many years of trying other methods to lose weight. But why wait? Attend a seminar or make an appointment with a doctor to learn how bariatric surgery could make a positive difference in your life.

American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery