Gastric Sleeve

The gastric sleeve is performed laparoscopically by making a few small incisions on the abdomen to allow access to the stomach.

The bottom portion of the patient’s stomach is then removed, decreasing the capacity (size) of the stomach and reducing the amount of ghrelin – the hormone produced by the stomach that stimulates hunger.

Following gastric sleeve surgery patients can expect to lose an average of 50-60% of their excess weight within 3-5 years. According to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery success rates with bariatric treatment are high, however, it is imperative for participants that elect to have a surgical weight loss intervention to realize upfront that surgery is not a “quick-fix”, but rather it is a tool for success just like diet, exercise, and follow-ups with members of their health care team. In order to have successful outcomes patients should expect to commit to a lifetime of managing not only their weight, but overall health.

As with any surgical procedure there are risks involved, including but not limited to: risk of bleeding, reactions to anesthesia, blood clots and infection, as well as a risk of leaking from the staple sites along the stomach. Long-term risks associated with sleeve gastrectomy are developing gallstones, gastroesophageal reflux disease (reflux/heartburn) and nutritional deficiencies.

Prior to deciding on bariatric surgery individuals will need to consider the lifelong commitment to healthy diet, exercise, and behavior habits.