What you'll learn on this page:
- How to Prepare for Surgery
- About the Procedure
- Diet After Surgery – Week by Week
- Benefits and Risks
- An Experienced Team
Gastric sleeve, also referred to as sleeve gastrectomy, is a type of bariatric (weight-loss) surgery that treats obesity and other metabolic disorders such as diabetes, heart disease and stroke.
Gastric sleeve surgery is performed using tiny incisions to remove a portion of your stomach. This is known as a laparoscopic approach because your surgeon uses a small camera to guide the surgical instruments. Minimally invasive surgery such as gastric sleeve results in a faster recovery because the incisions are smaller and quicker to heal, with less pain than gastric bypass.
The procedure restricts what you can eat by surgically reducing your stomach size. It’s common to lose 60 to 70% of excess weight within a year or two after you have sleeve gastrectomy.
At Temple Health, weight-loss surgery is just one part of a lifelong health plan. If you qualify for a gastric sleeve procedure, our multidisciplinary team and motivating support groups will ensure you have all the support you need. We help you lose weight and keep the weight off.
Gastric sleeve may be an option for you if diet and exercise programs have not worked, and if you meet the following criteria:
Your body mass index (BMI) is over 40.
You have a BMI of 35 to 39.9 and have two or more obesity-related conditions metabolic syndrome such as high blood pressure, sleep apnea, diabetes or heart disease.
Keep in mind that having a weight-loss procedure such as gastric sleeve is a lifetime commitment, and many factors go into deciding if you’re a candidate.
Before you undergo any type of bariatric procedure at Temple, you’ll meet with a bariatric surgeon to discuss whether bariatric surgery is right for you. You will also need to decide if you’re ready for such a big change.
During this initial consultation, you and your surgeon will assess:
Although there are no age restrictions associated with gastric sleeve, people older than 65 may have a higher risk of complications.
Although gastric sleeve is minimally invasive, no surgery is without risk. Certain medical conditions may put you at higher risk of complications during or after the surgery, including a history of heart problems, kidney stones or liver disease. The Temple team will conduct thorough testing prior to scheduling your surgery, to determine whether you’re eligible for surgery.
As you schedule your procedure, you will need to mentally and emotionally prepare for a new way of living. Psychological conditions such as eating disorders, substance abuse and depression will need to be addressed to ensure that you’re prepared for the major life change that is to come.
Motivation to Lose the Weight, and Keep It Off
Losing weight is a monumental commitment, and it can be successful in the long-term with motivation and the support of a knowledgeable team. If you meet the qualifications for gastric sleeve, your Temple Health team will help you keep up the momentum.
Part of adjusting to your new normal includes a shift in your focus. Once it is determined that you’re a candidate for gastric sleeve, you’ll want to start preparing. This includes: