New Jersey Bariatric Center surgeon Dr. Leigh Montes, co-director of Bariatric Surgery at CarePoint Health Christ Hospital in Jersey City, answers the question: What is a Gastric Sleeve (Sleeve Gastrectomy)?

The Gastric Sleeve (or Sleeve Gastrectomy) is the newest of the three weight loss procedures performed at New Jersey Bariatric Center® and is fast growing in favor among patients for its impressive results with minimal complications. The Gastric Sleeve was originally performed as the first half of a more complex procedure for patients who were considered too high risk for other procedures. The patients experienced such good weight loss results that many ended up not needing the other half of the surgery and the Gastric Sleeve was born. New Jersey Bariatric Center patients who choose Gastric Sleeve surgery typically lose between 60 percent and 75 percent of their excess body weight. For someone who is 100 pounds overweight, that translates into a weight loss of about 60-75 pounds after the Gastric Sleeve procedure.

How Gastric Sleeve Works

During the Gastric Sleeve procedure, the surgeon will narrow the stomach – normally about the size of a football -- into a thin vertical sleeve, about the size and shape of a banana. The remainder of the stomach is removed. You’re left with a smaller stomach that will help you feel fuller on much smaller portions of food, while allowing for normal digestion and absorption of nutrients.

The sleeve also has been shown to result in the secretion of fewer hunger hormones, resulting in less overall hunger.

Not sure which bariatric procedure is right for you? Visit Choosing a Procedure for a side-by-side rundown of LAP-BAND, Gastric Sleeve and Gastric Bypass.

Gastric Sleeve Recovery and Follow-up

On average, New Jersey Bariatric Center Gastric Sleeve patients leave the hospital after a one- or two-night stay. When planning for the period after having Gastric Sleeve surgery, you should keep in mind:

  • Patients typically are physically able to return to work between one week and two weeks after surgery depending on the type of work you do.
  • No heavy lifting (more than 15 pounds) is allowed for four to six weeks post-surgery.
  • Allow yourself time to adjust to your new lifestyle. You’ll need time to figure out how your new routine of healthy food and exercise fits into your life.
  • You will have the support of our dedicated team of medical professionals who will work with you on nutrition, exercise, psychological and physical therapy needs both before surgery and for the long-term.

Benefits vs. Risks of Gastric Sleeve

A recent clinical study has found several health benefits associated with Gastric Sleeve surgery, including the improvement or resolution of obesity related illnesses such as diabetes and high blood pressure. New Jersey Bariatric Center® patients report an overall increased satisfaction in their quality of life, including self-esteem and activity level. (Read more about the Health Benefits of weight loss surgery.)

However, as with any surgery, there are risks. When deciding whether Gastric Sleeve surgery is right for you, the perceived benefits must outweigh the potential risks. To learn more about specific complications of gastric sleeve, visit Risks.

Safe and Effective Weight Loss with Gastric Sleeve

Patients who are looking for the best surgeon to perform their Gastric Sleeve surgery in New Jersey should consider that the New Jersey Bariatric Center’s approach to patient care has resulted in zero mortalities and a complication rate that is lower than the national average.

Schedule a consultation with our skilled surgeons or register to attend a patient education seminar for more information on gastric sleeve.

During a Gastric Sleeve procedure, New Jersey Bariatric Center® surgeons will remove a section of your stomach, reducing your stomach size to a narrow sleeve. Patients hold less food and feel fuller faster.