Sleeve Gastrectomy Overview

*Treatment results may vary


Dr. Pablo Garcia answers questions about sleeve gastrectomy.

Sleeve gastrectomy is weight loss surgery that reduces the size of the stomach to help promote weight loss. Unlike with gastric bypass surgery, a sleeve gastrectomy does not involve reconstructing the intestinal tract. Instead it reduces the size of the the stomach, helping patients fill up faster and eat less. 

Potential results

The results from a sleeve gastrectomy can be dramatic. It isn't, however, an overnight solution. Achieving the best results from a sleeve gastrectomy require a significant lifestyle commitment. The procedure helps people eat less. For optimal results, they still need to follow guidelines of eating the right things and combining diet with exercise. 

Diet requirements

Maximizing the results will likely require significant diet changes. Your post-surgery diet will be high on protein, fruits, and vegetables. It's important to eliminate foods high in sugar and fat or highly-processed foods. Your doctor will give you guidelines and the chances are your diet will be dramatically different. 


The recovery from a sleeve gastrectomy is not as extensive as more invasive surgeries, but it still does require some rest. Generally people are ready to return to work two weeks after surgery. 

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