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Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Sleeve Gastrectomy is one of the most successful procedures for weight loss with a much higher rate of success and lower risks involved.

It is a laparoscopic procedure which needs only 1-3 days of hospitalization and the patients can resume regular life activities within a month of the surgery.

An average of 60% excess weight loss is expected through this surgery which can be maintained easily.

 it is very helpful for the patients having a BMI greater than 35 and suffering from various diseases like diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, joint pain, high cholesterol, etc.

In the following sections you will know about:

  1. Symptoms for Detecting Gastric Sleeve

  2.  Medical Tests/ Diagnosis for Gastric Sleeve

  3.  Treatment Procedure of Gastric Sleeve

  4.  After the Procedure

  5.  Factors Affecting the Cost of Gastric Sleeve Treatment

  6.  FAQs about Gastric Sleeve

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Days in Hospital 3
Days Outside Hospital 7
Total days in India 10
Treatment Cost USD 5,300


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About Sleeve Gastrectomy

Vertical sleeve gastrectomy is surgery performed to help with weight loss.

In this procedure the surgeon removes a large portion of the stomach. The new, smaller stomach is about the size of a banana which limits the amount of food a patient eats by making him/her feel full after eating small amounts of food.

Symptoms for Detecting Sleeve Gastrectomy

  • Sleeve Gastrectomy is ideally considered for patients having a BMI higher than 35
  • If the overweight patients are suffering from diabetes, hypertension, joint pain, sleep apnea, cholesterol etc. then they can be advised this procedure at lower BMI too.
  • When patients are not able to control their urge to eat and gaining excessive weight rapidly then also they can be advised for this surgery.
  • Patients with adversely affected metabolism and higher BMI can also be advised this surgery.


Medical Tests/ Diagnosis for Sleeve Gastrectomy

Some tests are required to ascertain the success of Sleeve Gastrectomy are:

  • A complete Blood Count
  • Urinalysis and a Chemistry Panel
  • Chest X-Ray and Electrocardiogram


Some Surgeons may also ask for following tests on the basis of patient's medical history:


  • Gallbladder Ultrasound to look for gallstones
  • Pulmonary Function Test
  • Echocardiogram
  • GI Evaluation
  • Cardiology Evaluation
  • Psychiatric Evaluation
  • Sleep Studies


Treatment Procedure for Sleeve Gastrectomy

Sleeve Gastrectomy is a very safe laparoscopic surgery which can be completed pretty fast as compared to other bariatric surgeries. This surgery takes usually 60-90 minutes and the patient can be discharged from the hospital within 3 days of the operation.

Sleeve Gastrectomy is a fast but irreversible operation. It is a restrictive surgery where a large part of the stomach is permanently removed. However, this has several positive effects on the patients as the urge to eat more subsides significantly.

The hunger producing hormone Ghrelin is present in the curved portion of the stomach which is removed by the operation and hence the patients do not feel hungry very often and weight management becomes easier. This is a very effective surgery for diabetic patients.


The process involved in Sleeve Gastrectomy

  • The patient is operated on general anesthesia, 2-5 small incisions are made for this laparoscopic surgery.
  • Around 80% of the stomach is stapled out and surgically removed in this procedure.
  • The stomach is trimmed to a banana shape which can hold smaller amounts of food restricting your capacity of food intake.
  • This surgery works in two ways. Firstly it is a restrictive surgery as it reduces the amount of food consumed and hence less calories come in your body. Secondly, the major portion of the removed stomach contains a hunger inducing hormone called Ghrelin and hence the patients do not feel hungry very often helping in following a restrained diet.
  • This is a very helpful procedure for diabetic patients and works wonders in weight loss.
  • One of the biggest advantages of this surgery is that the patients witness rapid weight loss within the first year of the surgery and hence the results are clearly evident.
  • This is not a malabsorptive surgery and hence your body’s ability to absorb nutrients directly from food are not affected greatly.
  • The risks in the surgery are very low as apart from the stomach other portions are not affected significantly.
  • The patients can tolerate almost all kinds of food after the surgery and issues like dumping syndrome, vomiting, etc. are generally not seen in patients.
  • No post-operative adjustment is needed after this surgery.
  • No foreign object is left in the body unlike other kinds of bariatric surgeries and hence the risk of infections is also low.


After the Procedure of Sleeve Gastrectomy

  • The patients do not need long hospitalization post-operation and the patients are discharged within 1-3 days of the surgery.
  • Generally after a week of the surgery the patients can start brisk walk and light physical activities.
  • The patients will have to take pain killers for some time till the surgical wounds heal completely.
  • Initially clear liquids are given to the patients which can be slowly upgraded to purees and soft foods and later to solid food.
  • After surgery the patients will feel fuller even after eating small portions of food and may not feel hungry at all at times.
  • The patients may be required to take additional mineral and vitamin supplements.


Factors Affecting Cost of Sleeve Gastrectomy Treatment

Some of the following factors may affect your cost of treatment:

  • The Kind of hospital you opt for
  • Room –Standard single room, deluxe room, super deluxe room for the number of nights specified (including nursing fee, meals, room rate, and room service).
  • Operating room, ICU
  • Fee for the team of doctors (Surgeons ,Anesthetist ,Physiotherapist ,Dietician )
  • Medicines
  • Standard test and diagnostic procedures


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FAQs About Sleeve Gastrectomy

  • What are the main advantages of Sleeve Gastrectomy?

  • There are many advantages of this surgery:

  1. The weight loss in this surgery is quicker than other procedures like Gastric Band.

  2. It is not a malabsorptive procedure and hence you will not become dependent on supplements for nutrients.

  3. The risks are much lower in this surgery and the success rate is very high.

  4. No implant or device is left inside the body and hence no additional discomfort is felt.

  5. On an average 60% weight loss is achieved and the lost weight can be maintained easily by the patients.


  • What is the main drawback of this surgery?

  • The risk of surgery is a bit higher than the gastric banding procedure as stapling of the stomach is required and cannot be reversed.


  • What is the effectiveness of Sleeve Gastrectomy on other diseases or disorders (Comorbidity)?

  1. It is a procedure which proves to be a boon for obese patients. Following rate of improvement has been observed in the patients.

  2. Type 2 Diabetes got resolved in 56% patients and there was significant improvement in 37% cases.

  3. Hypertension issues got cured in 49% patients where as 29% patients felt significant improvement.

  4. High Cholesterol issues in 43% patients got resolved completely and around 38% patients felt great improvement in their cholesterol levels.

  5. Sleep Apnea patients registered 60% success rate and around 33% patients felt significant relief.


  • Is removing stomach safe?

  • The risk of the surgery is like any other surgery and the stomach removal procedures are being carried out since 1980 safely so apart from the regular risk of infection due to surgery no other major risk has been noticed.


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