What is Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

Gastric sleeve, also known as vertical sleeve gastrectomy, is a weight loss procedure in which the size of the stomach is surgically reduced by removing part of the stomach. Gastric sleeve works in two ways:

  1. It is a restrictive procedure, meaning that it limits the amount of food you need to feel full, therefore reducing your calorie intake.
  2. It has metabolic benefits, as the surgery changes the way your body produces hormones; specifically ghrelin (the hunger hormone), so you feel fewer cravings.

Benefits of Gastric Sleeve

At Long Island Laparoscopic Doctors, we perform gastric sleeve surgery robotically, which is less invasive than traditional surgical approaches and has the benefit of an easier recovery, shorter time in the hospital, and less scarring. Additional benefits of gastric sleeve include:2

  • Allows patients to achieve significant weight loss
  • Often improves or even resolves Type 2 diabetes
  • May improve other obesity-related health conditions, such as sleep apnea, hypertension (high blood pressure), heart disease, high cholesterol, and joint pain
  • No foreign objects or implants
  • Patients gain confidence and self-esteem

Who Gets Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

Each year more than 150,000 Amercians have gastric sleeve surgery.3 There is no one “type” of bariatric patient—at our Long Island weight loss clinic, we help men and women of all ages, personalities and backgrounds. Many celebrities have chosen gastric sleeve to help them lose weight and keep it off, including Mariah Carey, Rosie O’Donnell and Kelly Osbourne.4

What to Expect From This Procedure

Preparing for Gastric Sleeve

If you think that gastric sleeve may be right for you, the first step is to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced bariatric surgeons. We will assess your health and review your medical history while also discussing your goals and answering any questions you have about weight loss surgery. If gastric sleeve is the best choice for you, we will create a personalized treatment plan and give you pre-procedure instructions. You will also meet with our dietitian to discuss your pre-surgical diet.

Your Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Gastric sleeve is an outpatient procedure performed with general anesthesia. Your bariatric surgeon will create several very small incisions and use laparoscopic surgical instruments to access your stomach. They will then remove a large portion of the stomach, leaving a small, tube-shaped stomach.

Gastric Sleeve Recovery

Recovery after laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy typically requires one week off of work, although this can vary for each patient. You will be scheduled for follow-up appointments with our team and we will guide you through your post-surgery diet, which will include soft and pureed foods during your initial recovery.

Gastric Sleeve Results

Gastric sleeve patients typically experience rapid weight loss in the first year after surgery, with patients losing up to 70% of excess weight or ⅓ of their weight.5 You can optimize your weight loss success by committing to dietary changes, staying active, and following guidance from your team at Long Island Laparoscopic Doctors.

Am I a Candidate for Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

If you have struggled to lose weight through diet and exercise alone, gastric sleeve could be a solution for you. Ideal candidates for gastric sleeve surgery:

  • Are in reasonable overall health
  • Are non-smoking
  • Have a body mass index (BMI) over 40 or over 35 along with weight-related health issues

Learn more about who is a candidate for weight loss surgery

Frequently Asked Questions About Gastric Sleeve

What are the risks of gastric sleeve surgery?

Gastric sleeve surgery is generally considered a safe and effective procedure. However, any surgical procedure carries some risk of complications such as infection or blood clots. Some gastric sleeve patients experience an increase in heartburn or acid reflux, which can be managed with medication or lifestyle changes.

How long does a gastric sleeve last?

Gastric sleeve is a permanent surgery. Occasionally patients may regain weight, in which case they may choose to have an additional revision procedure to jumpstart weight loss.

How much weight will I lose after gastric sleeve?

Every patient is different and your weight loss will depend on a number of factors, including your exercise and eating habits. Patients lose the most weight in the first year after surgery, so it is important to follow all guidelines and advice from your bariatric team during that first year in order to set yourself up for success.

Will insurance cover gastric sleeve?

In many cases, yes! Most insurance companies offer some coverage for gastric sleeve and other bariatric surgery procedures, such as gastric bypass. However, navigating your insurance plan can be difficult—the good news is that when you contact us, we will contact your insurance company for you to help you determine what your plan covers.

How much does gastric sleeve surgery cost?

The cost of gastric sleeve can vary depending on a number of factors, including your insurance plan and your individual treatment needs. The best way to get a personalized quote for your weight loss surgery and learn about financing is to schedule a consultation appointment.

Contact Us

We look forward to helping you reclaim your health and find weight loss success! Contact us with any questions or to schedule your consultation appointment.

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2 Kheirvari M, Dadkhah Nikroo N, Jafarinejad H, Farsimadan M, Eshghjoo S, Hosseini S, Anbara T. The advantages and disadvantages of sleeve gastrectomy; clinical laboratory to bedside review. Heliyon. 2020 Feb 29;6(2):e03496. doi: 10.1016/j.heliyon.2020.e03496. PMID: 32154399; PMCID: PMC7052082.
3 American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Estimate of Bariatric Surgery Numbers, 2011-2020. Available: https://asmbs.org/resources/estimate-of-bariatric-surgery-numbers Accessed August 24, 2022.
4 Endocrine Web. Celebrities who have had weight loss surgery. Available: https://www.endocrineweb.com/conditions/obesity/celebrities-weight-loss-surgery Accessed August 24, 2022.
5 Hoyuela C. Five-year outcomes of laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy as a primary procedure for morbid obesity: A prospective study. World J Gastrointest Surg. 2017;9(4):109-117. doi:10.4240/wjgs.v9.i4.109.

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