Gastric sleeve surgery, also called sleeve gastrectomy, removes a significant portion of the stomach. What’s left is reconstructed into a tube that resembles a banana or sleeve, and that’s where the surgery gets its name. Most of the gastric sleeve procedures done today are laparoscopic, allowing for faster recovery time.
Gastric sleeve surgery produces two desired results. The first one is physical — namely, the reduced stomach size restricts the volume of food that the stomach can hold. This helps you feel more satisfied with less food.
The second desired result is physiological. That is, the reduced stomach size produces less ghrelin, a hormone that causes hunger. This can significantly diminish appetite.
If you have a gastric sleeve procedure, you can expect significant weight loss (60-80% of excess weight) after surgery if you follow the post-surgery program. You may also experience a marked reduction in obesity-related health issues, and dramatically improved quality of life.
"I hated being trapped inside a fat body. I knew there was more to life than what I was settling for. It has been 10 years since my surgery and I am so thankful for the new life that I have. I am no longer limited by my weight."
Further, the gastric sleeve is often performed laparoscopically. More specifically, instead of making one large incision, the surgeon makes several small incisions in the abdominal wall through which they reconstruct the stomach. This translates into less discomfort and the ability to return to normal activities much faster. A hospital stay of two to three days is normal.
You may be a good candidate for a gastric sleeve if your BMI (body mass index) is 40 or higher. Your BMI measures the ratio of your height to your weight. However, if your BMI is between 35-39, you may also be a candidate if you experience health conditions associated with severe obesity, such as type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea and high blood pressure. To check your BMI, use this calculator.
The best way to learn if gastric sleeve surgery is for you, is to attend a personal consultation with one of our experienced bariatric surgeons. To get started - or even just ask questions - fill out this form and a Barix Clinics specialist will be in touch to help.
Barix Clinics has built a reputation for excellence and safety, performing more weight-loss surgeries than all other similar organizations in the United States. Further, we were rated number one in patient safety by CareChex, a medical quality scoring system that helps medical purchasers like you make smart buying decisions.
To provide a better surgery experience, Barix employs highly qualified, board-certified physicians who understand how disheartening it is to struggle with continual weight loss and weight gain. And their dedication to treatment of the bariatric patient has translated into many uplifting patient success stories.
"I don't know a single diet I haven't been on. I have probably lost and gained over 1000 pounds in my life. I'd lose 60, gain 80. That was my whole life. I call the surgery a miracle. It's changed my life completely. People say I act 15 years younger. I am 100% more happy and satisfied with myself."
When you come to Barix, you benefit from:
In addition, to help you transition to a happy, healthy lifestyle, you’ll receive a complimentary copy of The
Guide to Good Health. This informative handbook is designed to help you make choices that lead to weight loss success.
Fortunately, given the growing concern over the health risks of obesity, many insurers today cover the gastric sleeve procedure. And, to make your gastric sleeve surgery as stress-free as possible, Barix offers assistance gaining approval from your insurance company. Further, Barix provides a variety of surgery financing options through CareCredit and the Alphaeon credit card. To find out more, click here.
If diets have failed you, a gastric sleeve can mean the difference between a lifetime of dieting and a lifetime of weight loss success. Take control now and begin feeling better today!
"My life before surgery was a constant battle. I had been obese since childhood and by the time I was a senior in college I weighed nearly 450 pounds. I will never forget the first time I was able to walk into a clothing store and buy something off the rack. It was thrilling. Going from 3XXX to a small is unthinkable logically but I did it, thanks to Barix."
To free yourself from obesity, call us now at (800) 282-0066.