Gastric sleeve / sleeve gastrectomy

Gastric sleeve or sleeve gastrectomy surgery is a type of weight loss surgery that involves reducing the size of your stomach. It is a more significant operation than having a gastric band fitted, however it is not considered as major as a gastric bypass since it involves fewer changes to your body’s digestive system.

How does the procedure work?

The size of the stomach is permanently reduced by approximately 75% but the digestive system remains unaltered and the stomach continues to function normally. The stomach is vertical, with the new stomach taking the shape of a narrow sleeve. This effectively restricts the stomach's capacity and so limiting the amount of food that can be eaten.

How long will I be in hospital?

Surgery usually takes one to two hours and most patients stay in hospital for two to three days.

How much weight will I lose?

With the gastric sleeve there are fewer restrictions on the type of foods you can eat following surgery than the gastric bypass or gastric band procedures. Results vary from patient to patient and a lot will depend on how you change your lifestyle and eating habits but on average sleeve gastrectomy patients lose 45% of their excess body weight a year after surgery.

What are the risks and side effects specific to a gastric sleeve?

You may have pain, bruising and swelling around your wound. Some patients feel sick or are sick after eating, particularly if you try to eat too much.

How long does it take to recover after surgery?

Most patients can return to work two to three weeks after surgery but if your work is more strenuous it may be a little longer.

How much does the procedure cost?

The cost to have the gastric sleeve is £8,995, this price includes all aftercare. Please note that an initial consultation cost is not included. It is important that you read Spire’s Patient Terms and Conditions for full detail about what is included and excluded from fixed price treatment. Spire’s Patient Terms and Conditions can be found here or may be requested from the hospital.

Which consultants perform the gastric sleeve procedure?

Mr Balupuri performs the gastric sleeve procedure here at Spire Washington Hospital.