Tackling obesity takes the help of an experienced and dedicated group of medical professionals. If you are struggling to lose excess weight, Dr. Hossein Bagshahi, our board-certified weight loss surgeon in Dallas, and our extensively trained support team can help you determine if gastric sleeve surgery or another procedure may be able to achieve your goals. We are here to assist you in leading a healthier and more active life. Talk to us today to learn more.

What Is Gastric Sleeve?

The vertical sleeve gastrectomy, also known as the gastric sleeve, is a surgical weight loss procedure that reduces the size of the stomach and therefore restricts the amount of food you can eat. As with other metabolic surgeries, the gastric sleeve triggers hormonal changes in the body that modify the signals between the stomach, brain, and liver, allowing it to establish a healthier body fat set point, decrease appetite, and reverse or resolve many obesity-related health issues like sleep apnea, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, metabolic syndrome, and type 2 diabetes.

The sleeve gastrectomy has proven successful as a standalone procedure with patients losing on average 66% of their excess body weight. For patients with very high BMIs ≥ 50, a gastric sleeve can be the first step of other surgical procedures such as the gastric bypass or duodenal switch (DS).

What Are the Benefits of Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

The gastric sleeve surgery is a simple, straightforward approach to weight loss that does not require the insertion of any foreign devices, such as the gastric band, or a modification or rerouting of the intestine like the gastric bypass and duodenal switch procedures.

Compared to other weight loss surgeries, the vertical sleeve gastrectomy offers benefits that include:

  • Limits the amount of food that can be eaten at one time without bypassing the intestine, minimizing the risk of vitamin deficiencies due to malabsorption.
  • Patients on average lose 66% of their excess body weight over a 12- to 18-month period.
  • Helps to resolve obesity-related metabolic syndrome, high blood pressure, and obstructive sleep apnea and improves type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol.
  • Shorter operating and recovery times.
  • Often performed on an outpatient basis.

What Are the Qualifications for a Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy?

Most insurances require a candidate for the gastric sleeve procedure to have:

A BMI ≥ 40, or more than 100 pounds overweight

A BMI ≥ 35 and at least one or more obesity-related co-morbidities, such as type 2 diabetes (T2DM), hypertension, sleep apnea and other respiratory disorders, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, osteoarthritis, lipid abnormalities, gastrointestinal disorders, or heart disease.

Being unable to achieve a healthy weight loss through a structured diet program such as Jenny Craig® or Weight Watchers®.

What Happens During the Laparoscopic Gastric Sleeve Procedure?

The vertical sleeve gastrectomy is performed using the minimally invasive laparoscopic technique, allowing the majority of patients to return home the same day as surgery with less pain and significantly shorter healing times.

During the gastric sleeve procedure, Dr. Bagshahi will make five incisions about the size of a quarter in the abdomen, which are used to insert a scope and surgical instruments. Dr. Bagshahi will then reduce the size of the stomach by 80% by forming a small tube or “sleeve” using a stapling device. He then removes the remainder of the stomach. The entire procedure is completed in about an hour.

What Complications from Gastric Sleeve Surgery Could Occur?

There are risks associated with any surgery; however, advancements in bariatric surgery have reduced the incidence of serious complications. The risks include but are not limited to:

  • Gastric leak associated with a staple-line failure
  • Bleeding
  • Damage to adjacent structures
  • Development of reflux
  • Feeding intolerance
  • Sleeve gastrectomy is not reversible

What Should I Expect During Gastric Sleeve Recovery?

Some soreness should be expected for the first few days after the operation, and we will provide a prescription to limit your discomfort. You will not be allowed to have food or liquids for the first day, so you may experience some thirst, although hunger is uncommon. The first several days, particularly those spent in the hospital, should be spent resting and recovering. In about one to two weeks, most patients can return to work, depending on their responsibilities, and many other normal activities. Weight loss should be noticeable after a few months as you follow the prescribed dietary and fitness guidelines.

What Type of Gastric Sleeve Diet I Should Follow?

A surprising variety of foods are included in a typical gastric sleeve nutrition program, and you should not have much trouble finding options you enjoy. The most important piece of advice is to include lots of protein and limit sugar and fats. Initially, you will have several restrictions as your body heals from the surgery. You will start with a liquid diet, progress to a soft food diet, and eventually add solid foods. We will go over all the details of your recovery, including the dietary guidelines, so you can heal as comfortably and confidently as possible.

How Much Does Gastric Sleeve Surgery Cost?

Gastric sleeve surgery will likely be covered by your medical insurance, and we recommend reviewing your benefits coverage with your insurance representative to be certain of what portion of the fees you are responsible for. Please call our office if you are interested in an insurance verification.

Choosing where to get care and have a sleeve gastrectomy is very important. Price should not dictate the care you seek, as these are specialized surgeries and require extensive pre-op education and appropriate aftercare. In the Dallas-Fort Worth market, we have negotiated extremely competitive prices with reputable hospitals that have the proper nursing care and surgical equipment, and we are constantly negotiating with hospitals to reduce the overall cost to the patient. While you may be able to get “rock bottom” pricing with medical tourism or clinics that offer this procedure at a cheaper price, this may not be in your best interest. In general, the cost of a sleeve gastrectomy is between $11,500-$12,000 in the DFW area. Please call our office to make an appointment to discuss your care and any further details. It would be unfair to the patient for us to discuss detailed costs until we have had the opportunity to meet you and discuss your care. As a warning to perspective patients, we recommend that you avoid medical tourism very far from home and practices that advertise unbelievably low costs.

We understand navigating the payment process can be confusing and requires a great deal of patience. Our team will act as your insurance concierge from verifying your insurance benefit, meeting requirements for coverage and seeking approval of your case. Should you choose to work outside of the insurance industry, we work with reputable lending agencies in the event you decide to use weight loss financing to pay for your procedure. Please note that we do not accept Medicaid.

Choosing Bagshahi Bariatric and General Surgery for your Gastric Sleeve surgery ensures you’ll receive the highest quality of care during and after your surgery, while giving you the nutritional guidance and support you need to maintain your weight loss — and health — over the long term.

“If you are living with obesity, the cost of a sleeve gastrectomy is minor in the face of potential health issues and the cost related to them… you can’t afford to wait!”

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