The Gastric Sleeve, also known as the sleeve gastrectomy, is one of our most popular weight loss procedures at Evolve. During the gastric sleeve procedure, an Evolve bariatric surgeon transforms the stomach into a long skinny pouch using laparoscopic surgery. By reducing your stomach to about 25% of its original size, you feel full more quickly while eating and stay fuller longer. In addition, this surgery removes a portion of the stomach that produces an appetite-inducing hormone. As a result, patients report a reduced appetite following the procedure which aids in additional weight loss.
Benefits of the Gastric Sleeve*
- Lose as much as 60-83% of excess weight over 1-2 years
- Short 60-minute, outpatient procedure
- Go home day of surgery
- Be back to work within a few days of the procedure
- Decrease high blood pressure and cholesterol levels
- Reduce sleep apnea and risk of diabetes
Is the Gastric Sleeve Right for Me?
We recommend the Gastric Sleeve to adults between the ages of 20-55, with a BMI over 35, who want to prevent frequent trips to the doctor after surgery. Exercise plays a vital role in success of this surgery. Therefore, adults considering this procedure should have the ability and commitment to maintain an active lifestyle post-operation.
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Weight Loss Expectations with the Gastric Sleeve
Many patients wonder truly how much they can lose after undergoing the gastric sleeve procedure. Here’s something to help you visualize your weight loss. On average, Evolve patients lose up to 70% of their excess weight within 1 year of their procedure. While results do vary, our expert surgeons will ensure you have everything you need to succeed post-op.
Diet Expectations for the Gastric Sleeve
Pre-Op Diet: Your physician will walk you through your recommended pre-op diet. However, most patients can expect to be on a restricted diet two weeks prior to surgery.
Post-Op Diet: Long-term weight loss success means strictly following your recommended diet after surgery. Don’t worry we make this easy by ensuring you are provided an eating guide to follow. Here’s a very simple example of how typical post-op diets for the gastric sleeve flow.
- Week 1 – clear liquid diet
- Week 2 – full liquid diet with protein
- Week 3 and 4 – soft foods
- Week 5 and on – begin eating regular foods
How Exercise Improves Results
The gastric sleeve is merely a tool to weight loss. To maximize the benefits of your surgery, you must incorporate exercise into your daily routine. In fact, research has shown that patients who exercise 3 or more times per week for a minimum of 30 minutes lost an additional 12% of their excess weight in 6 months!
For the first three weeks after surgery, we recommend you introducing brief walks into your routine. Begin with 5 minute walks and then work your way up to 30 minutes. About a month from your surgery, you should be walking 30+ minutes a day, 5-6 times a week. Once you are comfortable exercising, you can introduce additional strength-building exercises.
The Cost of the Gastric Sleeve
The cost of a sleeve gastrectomy varies according to your specific insurance plan. Luckily, we have a team of insurance specialists who will help you figure this out the first day you call in. They will work to ensure you get the maximum coverage out of your plan for this procedure.
If you do not have insurance or wish to pay in cash, Evolve offers highly competitive pricing for the gastric sleeve procedure. While the average cost nationwide for this procedure is $19,000, Evolve offers this procedure for as low as $11,950 in certain cities*.
Whatever option you choose, know that the gastric sleeve is a wise investment. Patients will save an average of $11,000 per year after their second-year post-op, as a result of avoiding the expensive medical costs of obesity. Learn more about cost savings here!
*Results will vary based on starting weight and other factors. In addition, cash-pay pricing varies by location.