During this surgery, the surgeon creates a small, sleeve-shaped stomach. It is larger than the stomach pouch created during gastric bypass at about the size of a banana. Vertical Sleeve gastrectomy is typically considered as a treatment option for bariatric surgery patients with a BMI of 35 or higher and is often performed as the first part in a two-procedure treatment, the second part being gastric bypass. Currently bariatric surgeons are seeing sufficient weight loss following the Gastric Sleeve procedure to be considered as a primary procedure and not a two-step procedure. Our practice has had phenomenal results with the Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy.

What to Expect After the Gastric Sleeve Procedure:

Recovery time is moderate and many patients are able to leave the hospital within a few days and return to work and semi-normal activity in less than a month.** Gastric Sleeve patients typically lose over 75 percent of their excess weight, and in most patients, Type 2 Diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol can be improved or resolved.**

Considerations and Risks of Gastric Sleeve:

Patients must supplement their diet with a daily multivitamin and calcium and some patients will have to take vitamin B12. The stomach cannot be seen easily using X-ray or endoscopy if there are complications after surgery such as ulcers, bleeding, or malignancy. As with any surgical procedure there are inherent risks.

Other Risks Include:
  • Dehiscence (separation of tissue that was stitched or stapled together)
  • Leaks from staple lines
  • Ulcers
  • Dumping syndrome, an unpleasant side effect that may include vomiting, nausea, weakness, sweating, faintness, and diarrhea
  • Increased gas

Note: Complications may result in reoperations.

**The information on this website is not an alternative to medical advice from your regular physician. Our health advice is not intended as medical diagnosis or treatment; consult your regular physician before beginning the bariatric process. This site is for educational purposes only, and does not replace the need for a formal consultation with a surgeon before undergoing a surgical procedure or receiving treatment. The content/images on this website are not a guarantee of individual results. Individual results may vary.