LoneStar Bariatrics

Gastric Sleeve

What is a Gastric Sleeve?

A gastric sleeve or sleeve gastrectomy is a common, minimally invasive bariatric surgery designed to help people lose a significant amount of weight. It can also reduce your risks of other life-threatening health problems, including:

  • Hyperlipidemia (High Cholesterol)
  • Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Infertility
  • Heart Disease

Dr. Carlton performs gastric sleeve procedures laparoscopically using small instruments, a long, flexible measuring device known as a bougie, and a miniature camera. After creating a tiny incision in your abdominal wall, he removes approximately three-quarters of your stomach, leaving a smaller portion behind.

Gastric sleeve surgery usually takes about an hour and a majority of patients go home the same day.

Who is a good candidate for a Gastric Sleeve?

Gastric sleeve surgery is usually recommended if you have:

  • A body mass index (BMI) of 35-39.9.
  • A weight-related health issue, or if your BMI is 40 or higher.

Dr. Carlton will discuss surgical weight loss options if you’ve tried losing weight through diet and exercise without success. Gastric sleeve surgery only works if you’re committed to making permanent lifestyle changes that support your surgery.

If you’re considering a gastric sleeve, Dr. Carlton works closely with you to discuss the procedure, your weight-loss expectations, the risks associated with surgery.

This usually refers to a failed previous surgery.  This can occur through either previous open or laparoscopic incisions.  Also, this can occur at any site on the abdominal wall. These hernias are most commonly repaired laparoscopically with mesh.  If the defect is too large or chronic, this may require an open operation.

What can I expect from a Gastric Sleeve surgery?

After having gastric sleeve surgery, your remaining stomach resembles a banana in shape and size. This significantly reduces the amount of food you can consume for the rest of your life. Having gastric sleeve surgery also impacts the hormones in your gut that contribute to feelings of hunger and fullness, as well as control blood sugar.

After your procedure, you should experience a reduced appetite, which makes it easier to lose a significant amount of weight quickly. As you adjust, Dr. Carlton and his team help you learn to listen to your new stomach’s signals and make healthy food choices. Many patients see a drastic improvement in their health conditions including diabetes, high blood pressure, and sleep apnea.

To ensure the greatest long-term success, it’s essential to follow up to monitor current status and bloodwork.

*Individual results may vary.

Have any questions? We’re happy to help.