Gastric Sleeve Surgery
One of the most common bariatric procedures, gastric sleeve surgery is a safe and effective way to facilitate healthy weight loss. If you have been considering weight loss surgery at Lenox Hill Bariatric Surgery Program, gastric sleeve surgery may be the right choice for you.
What Is a Gastric Sleeve Procedure?
Bariatric gastric sleeve surgery, also known as a laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy or vertical sleeve gastrectomy, transforms the existing, pouch-shaped stomach into a long tube or sleeve shape that is roughly the size of a banana. The remaining stomach tissue is fully removed and the stomach is stitched or stapled back together.
How Does Gastric Sleeve Work?
Gastric sleeve facilitates healthy weight loss by reducing the size and shape of the stomach.
Over time with excessive food consumption, the stomach stretches to an overly large size. This can consequently leave patients unable to feel satisfied, even after eating large, high-calorie meals. Gastric sleeve surgery corrects this, removing a portion of the stomach and subsequently minimizing the production of hunger-inducing hormones secreted by the stomach tissue. In most patients, the post-surgical stomach is about 15% to 20% percent of its original size.
Gastric sleeve surgery preserves the pylorus, the valve that regulates the emptying of the stomach. This provides patients with a feeling of fullness after consuming relatively small quantities of food, leading to a dramatic reduction in the total caloric intake of the patient.
Who Qualifies for Gastric Sleeve?
The qualifications for a gastric sleeve surgery are similar to those for other bariatric procedures:
- A BMI of 40 or higher, or a BMI of 35 or higher in conjunction with a serious weight-related health issue, like diabetes or heart disease
- Unsuccessful ongoing efforts to lose weight through diet and exercise
- A true and sincere desire to lose weight and the ability to stick to a controlled diet and fitness program
Gastric sleeve procedures can serve one of two purposes: as a stand-alone surgery or as a preliminary step for those with a BMI of 60 or greater. In these cases, a gastric sleeve procedure is performed to help a patient lose enough weight to qualify for a secondary gastric bypass or gastric band surgery.
How Safe is Gastric Sleeve Surgery?
Gastric sleeve surgery at Lenox Hill Bariatric Surgery Program is extremely safe. Our surgeons are highly experienced in minimally-invasive bariatric procedures and have performed hundreds of successful surgeries.
As with any surgical procedure, there are minor risks associated with surgery and general anesthesia. Patients must take care to follow post-surgical dietary and exercise guidelines in order to achieve satisfactory long-term outcomes from gastric sleeve surgery.
Will Insurance Cover Gastric Sleeve?
In most cases, insurance will fully or partially cover gastric sleeve surgery. Prior to proceeding with surgery, our team will work with you to verify insurance coverage through your provider, including incorporating any necessary pre-surgical steps, like diet and exercise plans. For your convenience, Lenox Hill Bariatric Surgery Program Center accepts most major insurance carriers offered in the state of New York. If your insurance is not accepted or you do not have insurance, we do accept cash pay and payment plans.
*Results may vary.