What Is Gastric Sleeve Weight Loss Surgery?

Gastric sleeve weight loss surgery is a bariatric procedure that has helped many people achieve better health.

Are you considering bariatric surgery? A gastric sleeve weight loss procedure, that reduces the size of your stomach and limits the amount of food you can eat at any one time, might be the right choice for you. 

How It Works
Gastric sleeve weight loss surgery is a minimally invasive laparoscopic procedure, during which 80 percent of your stomach is removed creating a smaller stomach or gastric sleeve. With significantly less stomach, you'll not only experience less hunger, but you'll be able to eat far less at any given time. Patients can expect a 2-3 week recovery and typically see an immediate weight loss. In fact, patients may go on to lose 70 percent of their excess weight within 12 months. Gastric sleeve surgery is an irreversible procedure.

How To Determine If You Are a Possible Candidate
To be considered as a candidate for bariatric surgery, you need to weigh at least 100 pounds more than what is medically considered your ideal weight, have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or more, or have a BMI of 35 or more and be suffering from an obesity-related condition that creates a medical need for such surgery. Bariatric surgery typically involves a patient being very committed to making permanent lifestyle changes in order to be successful.

To learn more about gastric sleeve weight loss surgery, including the advantages and the risks associated with the procedure, visit The Medical Center of Plano Bariatric Surgery Institute online or call us at 972.519.1552.

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