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The gastric sleeve surgery procedure — also called vertical sleeve gastrectomy or vertical gastric sleeve — is often an option for people who are not eligible or do not qualify to safely have other bariatric procedures.
Although the number of stand-alone weight loss gastric sleeve procedures is increasing, many times this gastric sleeve operation is a first step in a two-part process.
For people who are either extremely obese or have health problems that make them ineligible for gastric bypass surgery, the vertical sleeve gastrectomy procedure is an option to help them start losing weight.
After a few years, most people lose enough weight to complete the second step of the process — typically with the duodenal switch procedure — for further weight loss.
After you receive general anesthesia, your bariatric surgeon will:
Gastric sleeve surgery is more than an operation or procedure — it’s a commitment to living a healthier lifestyle. Following surgery, your care team will help you develop a four-phase, post-gastric sleeve surgery diet.
For recipes, tips, and support on your weight loss journey, visit the UPMC Bariatric Diet Resource.
Serious complications following gastric sleeve and stomach reduction surgery are rare but can include:
Your bariatric surgeon will review all potential risks and complications with you prior to the gastric sleeve procedure.
Before having gastric sleeve surgery, you can limit post-op side effects and complications by:
Patients who undergo gastric sleeve surgery on average lose more than half their excess weight. Gastric sleeve surgery results include an improvement or cure to obesity-related health problems, as well as a decrease in feelings of depression.