Sleeve GastrectomySleeve gastrectomy is a type of restrictive weight loss operation. It reduces the amount of food you can eat by reducing the size of the stomach. A thin vertical sleeve, or narrow section of the stomach, is created by using a stapling device, removing approximately 80% of the total volume of the stomach. Populations of cells that may contribute in the stimulation of hunger are removed during this process. The remaining stomach “sleeve” is roughly the size of a small banana. This smaller stomach now restricts the amount of food one can consume before feeling full, thus leading to weight loss. There is no intestinal bypass with a sleeve gastrectomy.

Sleeve gastrectomy has several benefits over other procedures. With the sleeve, there is no foreign object implanted within the body and no adjustments or “fills” are necessary. Also, since there is no malabsorptive component to the operation, nutritional deficiencies are uncommon. Weight loss from the sleeve is similar to that of gastric banding, but is less than weight loss with gastric bypass.

Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS)The sleeve is growing in popularity in Laredo, as well as all over the United States. It is now covered by several insurance companies and has been approved by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery as a primary operation. While there is not much data on 5 and 10 year outcome data, early results (up to 3 years) of studies performed looking at sleeve gastrectomy are good, with promising weight loss and resolution of obesity related co-morbidities. It is important to note, though, that the sleeve procedure is not reversible, as the majority of the stomach has been removed. It can be converted to other weight loss procedures such as a gastric bypass, however, and some surgeons use the sleeve as a first step in a two-step process in very high risk patients.

While Sage Bariatric (Formally The Texas Center for Medical & Surgical Weight Loss) is located in San Antonio, we have a clinic in Laredo that we attend approximately once a month for the convenience of our Laredo patients. If you are interested in the sleeve gastrectomy or any other bariatric procedures, please call us at (210) 651-0303 or (877) 839-2716.

Patient Testimonials

  • Able To Get Around and Not Feel Exhausted!
    Love how I have more energy throughout the day, able to get around and not feel exhausted! Love fitting into smaller clothing. I'm doing activities that I wouldn't have been able to do before. I used to feel so self-conscious of going to the beach. -Leticia W. 6/17/16
  • Promoting a Healthy Lifestyle for my Family
    My physical wellness as a result of the surgery has allowed me to focus on my emotional wellness. My life has completely changed. I am now married and am committed to promoting a healthy lifestyle for my family. I love the program and the support available through the process. -Carla D. 6/17/16
  • Easier Than I Expected
    This was much easier than I expected. The surgery went very well with very little pain afterward. The surgery made changing my habits much easier and also helped with satiety. I hadn't seen some friends for several months and when I approached them, they didn't recognize me! Then everyone wanted to know what "plan" I was on so they could try it. Shopping is also a lot more fun! Dr. Cavazos was very informative and answered all my questions clearly. Every office visit, I am met with a smile and friendly service. -Nancy T. 6/17/16