The “Sleeve” is now the most commonly performed bariatric surgery in the United States.
How is it done?
The sleeve gastrectomy is performed using minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery. Five small incisions are made, all less than 1 inch long. The stomach is stapled and about 85% of the stomach is removed. You are left with a stomach about the size and shape of a small banana.
What is the recovery?
Most people stay in the hospital only 1 night. You should plan on being off work for about 1-2 weeks. You will be on a liquid only diet for 3 weeks.
How does it work?
The sleeve works in 2 ways. It restricts how much you can eat because the stomach is smaller. It also greatly affects your gastrointestinal (GI) hormones to make you less hungry and help your body regulate weight better.
What are the results?
Average weight loss is 65-75% of your excess weight. Also, there can be drastic improvement or resolution of medical conditions associated with weight.
What are the complications?
As with any surgery there are risks. However, we have taken great steps to minimize these before and after surgery. You will learn a lot more about this in the office.
Do I qualify?
The current national criteria for sleeve gastrectomy is that you must have a BMI > 40. However, if you are being treated for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obstructive sleep apnea, or diabetes, you can qualify if your BMI is > 35.