Sleeve Gastrectomy

Bariatric patients now have another option for weight loss surgery called the gastric sleeve. The procedure is actually the first step of a two-part treatment that can be later revised to a gastric bypass. Gastric sleeve as a first-stage bariatric procedure may be recommended for high risks patients, especially those who are severely obese with a body mass index equal to or greater than 60, to reduce surgical risks through weight loss.

Surgical complications from the procedure appear to be relatively low, even for high risk patients, and are similar to other forms of gastric bypass. Resolution of diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and sleep apnea are comparable for sleeve gastrectomy patients and those who have undergone other restrictive procedures.

Weight loss surgery is generally designed for those with a body mass index (BMI) equal to or greater than 40, or equal to or greater than 35 with serious co-morbidities. Other weight loss procedures, such as laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding with the Lap Band® and endoscopic balloon procedures, are also FDA-approved for weight loss surgery in certain people with a BMI of 30 to 35.  Weight loss procedures are considered safe, but like many types of medical intervention, they do have risks. Consult with your physician about the risks and benefits of weight loss procedures. Patient testimonials reflect results achieved by these patients.  As each case must be independently evaluated and managed, actual weight loss will vary.