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Gastric sleeve surgery, also known as sleeve gastrectomy, is a type of bariatric surgery that can help patients struggling with obesity reach their weight loss goals. Sleeve gastrectomy uses the restrictive approach to facilitate weight loss. This means that it limits the amount of food a patient can eat at one time, which significantly reduces caloric intake.


Every type of bariatric surgery requires extensive preparation. First, you may wish to read about the procedure and take a weight loss surgery seminar. You can schedule a consultation with a bariatric surgeon, who will review your medical history and your history of weight loss attempts to determine if you may be a good candidate for sleeve gastrectomy. Prior to having the surgery, you may be asked to lose some weight. You’ll need to follow a pre-gastric sleeve surgery diet and make arrangements for your recovery.


To perform a sleeve gastrectomy, the bariatric surgeon will make four to five small incisions in the abdomen. The surgeon removes about 75 percent of the stomach. The remaining stomach is in the shape of a narrow tube or sleeve. The surgeon seals the new stomach pouch and tests it for leaks before closing the incisions. It only takes about 60 to 90 minutes to complete this type of bariatric surgery.


One reason why laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy is so popular is that the recovery period is quite manageable. You can expect to return to work in about five to seven days. You’ll follow a liquids-only diet until the dietician clears you to begin adding pureed and soft foods—typically within four weeks. Sleeve gastrectomy patients typically lose about 70 percent of their excess body weight within six to 12 months following the surgery.

Bariatric Care Centers is pleased to provide advanced bariatric surgery in Houston, including sleeve gastrectomy. You can learn more about this and other weight loss surgery options by exploring our website and signing up for our free seminars. New and current bariatric surgery patients can contact us.

Disclaimer: This is only for general information. All patients should consult their doctors prior to following any of the recommendations in any articles and videos. Every patient has individual needs and limitations that only their treating physicians can be aware of.

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