Sleeve Gastrectomy

A sleeve gastrectomy removes a large portion of the stomach and creates a banana-shaped stomach attached to the intestines. This smaller stomach will allow patients to fill the small pouch quickly and feel fuller after eating a very small amount of food. This surgery generally takes less than two hours and is commonly performed laparoscopically.

Before a patient can be approved for this surgery, BayCare’s bariatric team will guide them through the consultation process, which includes a complete physical exam, blood tests to examine other medical disorders like diabetes and high blood pressure, recommend nutrition counseling, and a referral to pre and post-operative support groups and counselors.

The prognosis of this particular surgery is similar to that of a gastric bypass. The weight will come off slowly for up to three years after surgery.

Who is a candidate for sleeve gastrectomy?

Sleeve gastrectomy is an effective procedure for many individuals; however, not everyone will be an ideal candidate for this procedure. There is often specific criteria on each patient before they are approved for sleeve gastrectomy. Candidates who would benefit from a sleeve a gastrectomy would exhibit:

  • High BMI
  • 90 pounds overweight
  • Between the ages 18 to 65
  • Hypertension, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and/or sleep apnea
  • Tried a variety of diets without results
  • Physical and psychological readiness

For the right candidate, this popular weight loss method can be a powerful tool to aid in a successful weight loss journey.

To learn more about your options for weight loss surgery, register for an online information session, or call (855) 314-8350 for a physician referral.