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FAQs – Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy

Answers to your most commonly asked questions about gastric sleeve surgery.

If you need more information, please contact us.

How does the gastric sleeve work?

Sleeve gastrectomy is a surgical weight-loss procedure that removes about 85 percent of the stomach so that it takes the shape of a tube or sleeve. The stomach is permanently reduced to about 15 percent of its original size.

Who is a good candidate for gastric sleeve surgery?

Sleeve gastrectomy is typically reserved for people who have a body mass index (BMI) of more than 35. It may also be appropriate for those who can’t return for follow-up visits required by gastric banding.

What are the benefits of choosing gastric sleeve surgery?

The procedure is not reversible. It is performed laparoscopically, meaning that small incisions are made as opposed to one large incision. Then, a viewing tube with a small camera (laparoscope) and other tiny instruments are inserted into these small incisions to perform the surgery. The now tube-shaped stomach is sealed closed with staples.

Are there possible risks and complications involved?

As with any surgical procedure, there are risks involved. Experience matters, and the surgeons at the Surgical Weight Control Center help patients achieve better outcomes with each procedure they perform. It's important to attend our free education seminar to learn about the benefits and risks of this procedure.

How much will I plan to lose on the gastric sleeve surgery?

The amount of weight you will lose depends on a number of factors. These include diet, exercise, lifestyle and your overall commitment to changing old habits. Speak with your surgeon to learn more.

Is there a special diet to follow after gastric sleeve surgery?

You will need to become accustomed to eating solid foods again. Normally this begins with a two-week liquid-only diet, two weeks of semi-solid foods, pureed foods and then the introduction of solid foods.