1. Who qualifies for gastric sleeve surgery?

    To qualify for gastric sleeve surgery, you must have a body mass index (BMI) greater than 40, or at least 30-35 with one or multiple obesity-related health problems such as type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea and high blood pressure. One of our fellowship-trained surgeons can help you determine if gastric sleeve surgery is right for you.

  2. Is gastric sleeve surgery safe?

    While any surgical procedure has risks, gastric sleeve surgery has been found to be one of the safest surgeries when compared to other surgeries. At the New Jersey Bariatric Center, our gastric sleeve procedures are done laparoscopically with small incisions to reduce the risk of complications.

  3. How does gastric sleeve surgery affect Type II Diabetes, Hypertension, Sleep Apnea?

    Weight loss surgery, and significant weight loss in general, reduces or resolves many obesity-related conditions such as Type II Diabetes, Hypertension and Sleep Apnea . Gastric Sleeve surgery can reduce/resolve 95% of diabetes and 56% of heart disease, and reduce cancer-risk by more than 50%. Decreasing excess body weight not only improves or reduces obesity-related conditions but also physical, mental and social well being.

  4. How long does the gastric sleeve procedure take?

    Gastric sleeve surgery typically takes around one hour to complete and is performed laparoscopically under general anesthesia. You may need to stay in the hospital for 1 day ] following the procedure.

  5. Is gastric sleeve surgery reversible?

    The gastric sleeve procedure removes more than 80% of the stomach, reshaping the remainder of it into a sleeve, similar to the size and shape of a banana. Due to the characteristics of the procedure, a sleeve gastrectomy is an aggressive procedure that is unable to be reversed. It decreases the size and capacity of the stomach, influencing gut hormones responsible for hunger, satiety and blood sugar.