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Gastric sleeve surgery, also known as laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy or vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG), is a bariatric surgery that can help people find successful long-term weight loss. Struggling to lose weight on your own is nothing to be ashamed of—at Northwest Weight & Wellness Center (NWWC), our board-certified bariatric surgeons understand that weight loss surgery is a tool to help patients create a healthier, happier life. We focus on providing comprehensive, high-quality care for patients from Seattle, Spokane, and beyond at our Everett, Washington clinic.

What is Gastric Sleeve Surgery and How Does it Work?

Gastric sleeve surgery reduces the size of the stomach to about the shape and size of a banana. This reduction has a two-fold impact on your eating habits. First, this limits the capacity of our stomach so you can feel full with a smaller amount of food. Second, the portion of the stomach removed during surgery produces the hunger hormone ghrelin. By removing this section of the stomach, your metabolic function is improved and hunger is greatly reduced, minimizing the frequency and cravings for food.

Benefits of Gastric Sleeve Surgery

For patients who are good candidates for gastric sleeve surgery, Trusetd Source Checkbox Trusted Source Bariatric Surgery Procedures American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Go to Source potential benefits include:

  • A sustainable approach that helps end the cycle of yo-yo dieting
  • Encourages portion-control and leaves you satisfied with less food
  • Reduces production of ghrelin which is “the hunger hormone”
  • Improves obesity-related medical conditions, such as Type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and joint pain
  • No rerouting of intestines or implanted medical devices
  • Laparoscopic technique is minimally invasive

Am I a Good Candidate for Weight Loss Surgery?

If diet and exercise have not produced sustainable weight loss, bariatric surgery may be a solution. Ideal candidates for gastric sleeve surgery are committed to making lifestyle changes and have a body mass index Trusetd Source Checkbox Trusted Source Potential Candidates for Weight-loss Surgery National Institutes of Health Go to Source (BMI) higher than 40 or a BMI of 35 or more along with obesity-related health conditions.

What to Expect From Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Each patient is unique and your treatment plan will be customized to meet your individual needs. Our team of doctors and weight loss experts will be there to support you on every step of your journey.

Preparing for Gastric Sleeve

The best way to determine if gastric sleeve surgery is right for you is to schedule a consultation appointment. Your gastric sleeve consultation is your opportunity to learn more about your options and get answers to any questions. We will review your medical history and if gastric sleeve seems like a good option for you, we’ll go over pre-surgical details such as dietary changes you’ll need to make prior to surgery. All patients must stop smoking in the weeks leading up to surgery.

Your Gastric Sleeve Surgery

We perform gastric sleeve procedures at Sound Surgeons, which is our specialized and fully accredited surgical center. Gastric sleeve is typically an outpatient surgical procedure performed with general anesthesia. Your surgeon will remove part of the stomach and create a new, smaller stomach. Our surgeons are specially trained and highly experienced in laparoscopic techniques. This approach is less invasive as surgery is performed with long, skinny surgical instruments through very small incisions. Laparoscopic surgery offers a shorter and Trusetd Source Checkbox Trusted Source Bariatric Surgery Mayo Clinic Go to Source less painful recovery .

Recovery After Gastric Sleeve

You will be restricted from strenuous activity for several weeks after your sleeve procedure, but you’ll be able to resume many activities within a few days. You will receive guidance from your surgeon and our dietitian on your post-procedure diet. Patients are typically advised to follow a liquid diet for several days, followed by a diet of soft foods or pureed foods for several weeks.

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Gastric Sleeve Results

Every individual patient will have unique results, but many gastric sleeve patients lose Trusetd Source Checkbox Trusted Source Five-year outcomes of laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy as a primary procedure for morbid obesity: A prospective study Hoyuela C Go to Source up to 70% of excess body weight . Your health and success will depend on your commitment to lifestyle changes, which our team will support you with. Our patients report feeling healthier, more active, and more confident. Read success stories from NWCC patients.

Comparison of Surgical Procedures

Lap Band Surgery graphic Gastric Band
Gastric Sleeve
Gastric Bypass graphic Gastric Bypass
Duodenal Switch
Average amount of weight lost
Up to 50% of excess weight
Up to 70% of excess weight
Up to 80% of excess weight
Up to 80% of excess weight
Rate of weight loss
Moderate to fast
Complication rate
  • Improvement of conditions such as Type 2 diabetes
  • Decreased hunger
  • Long-term weight loss
  • Improvement of conditions such as Type 2 diabetes
  • Decreased hunger
  • Long-term weight loss
    • Improvement of conditions such as Type 2 diabetes
    • Decreased hunger
    • Long-term weight loss
  • High rate of complications
  • Lower rate of weight loss
  • Requires ongoing maintenance
  • Not reversible
  • Not reversible
  • Potential for malnutrition
    • Not reversible
    • Potential for malnutrition

    Frequently Asked Questions About Gastric Sleeve

    How do I know which weight loss procedure is right for me?

    We offer a variety of bariatric surgery procedures including gastric banding and gastric bypass, and we will recommend which procedure is best for you based on your medical history and your goals.

    Will insurance cover bariatric surgery?

    Many insurance plans do cover bariatric surgery, including gastric sleeve procedures. We can help you navigate your insurance plan to determine what coverage may be available. We can also explain your self-pay options if you do not have insurance coverage or if you’d like to avoid the prerequisites that some insurance companies require. Find out if your insurance provider covers weight loss surgery by completing this free insurance verification form.

    What are the risks of gastric sleeve surgery?

    Any surgical procedure carries some risk of complications or side effects, such as infection or bleeding. The risks of gastric sleeve are comparatively low and you can minimize your risks by choosing a qualified surgeon and following all pre and post- surgical guidelines.

    Why should I choose Northwest Weight & Wellness Center?

    At NWWC, our team prioritizes your health and we give you the support you need to succeed. Our bariatric surgeons, Dr. Robert Michaelson and Dr. Devorah Chock, are board-certified and their skill has been recognized with several awards and honors.

    Do you accept traveling patients?

    Yes, we recognize that high-quality, patient-centered bariatric care is not available in many regions and we are happy to accommodate patients who choose to travel to see us. We have served patients from other states and countries, including Montana, Alaska, Idaho, and Canada. If you are considering traveling for gastric sleeve surgery, our team can give you the support you need for a successful trip and subsequent weight loss journey.

    Contact Us

    Are you ready to take control of your health? We are ready to help. Contact us to schedule your consultation appointment and learn more about gastric sleeve surgery can help you reach your goals.

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    Getting my gastric sleeve surgery here was a fantastic decision. Over a year later I weigh 120+ lbs less than I did and am far healthier and more active than I was before. My doctor and nutritionist continue regularly follow up with me. Great experience.
    Jeff S. - Via Google Reviews
    I had my sleeve gastrectomy 1 year ago today and just had my 1 year appt. I've lost 104 lbs and several inches from waist, hips, ECT. The staff have been so supportive and really helped me navigate the entire process. I am so glad I did it. Anyone considering the surgery should not let fear and embarrassment stop you.
    Lynnette B. - Via Facebook

    1 American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Bariatric Surgery Procedures. https://asmbs.org/patients/bariatric-surgery-procedures#sleeve. Accessed April 25, 2022.

    2National Institutes of Health. Potential Candidates for Weight-loss Surgery. Available: https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/weight-management/bariatric-surgery/potential-candidates Accessed April 25, 2022.

    3 Mayo Clinic. Bariatric Surgery. Available: https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/bariatric-surgery/about/pac-20394258 Accessed April 25, 2022.

    4Hoyuela C. Five-year outcomes of laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy as a primary procedure for morbid obesity: A prospective study. World J Gastrointest Surg. 2017;9(4):109-117. doi:10.4240/wjgs.v9.i4.109

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