Sleeve Gastrectomy (Gastric Sleeve Surgery)

At Spire Washington Hospital near Newcastle, we have a dedicated team of professionals who provide a high standard of care, before, during and after bariatric (weight-loss) surgery with long term follow-up.  Our facilities have been specifically adapted to accommodate the needs of our patients from start to finish of their weight-loss journey.

What is Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery?

Sleeve Gastrectomy (also known as Gastric Sleeve surgery) involves removing up to 2/3 of the stomach, converting it into a long thin tube shape.

How does it work?

Because the stomach is smaller it means that it can’t hold as much food, and patients feel full more quickly, and stay feeling full for longer.  Therefore, it is easier for patients to maintain a reduced calorie diet.

Does the surgery affect digestion?

No sleeve gastrectomy surgery, decreases the quantity of food that can be absorbed, with no alteration to the mechanisms of digestion.

Can the surgery be reversed?

No, sleeve gastrectomy surgery is irreversible.

Who is suitable for sleeve gastrectomy surgery?

This procedure is suitable for patients with a BMI (Body Mass Index) of over 40. 


The Weight-Loss Team at Spire Washington Hospital

Mr P Small, Consultant General Surgeon, carries out Gastric Banding, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Gastric Bypass and Gastric Balloon Insertion.

Mr S Balupuri, Consultant General Surgeon, carries out Gastric Banding, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Gastric Bypass and Gastric Balloon Insertion.

Mr K Mahawar, Consultant General Surgeon, carries out Gastric Banding and Gastric Balloon insertion.

Dr D Nylander, Consultant Gastroenterologist, carries out Gastric Balloon Insertion.

Ms M Boyle, Senior Specialist Dietitian, provides dietary advice and support throughout the weight-loss journey.

Find a treatment, test or scan available at:


Find a consultant

Use one or more of the options below to search for a consultant and link through to view their Spire profile.


Let us help you

fill out this form and we will get back to you:

Please select a hospital

We can call you

Please enter your details below and we will call you back.

What is the aim of your enquiry?

Please select a hospital

If we are unable to reach you by phone, please include your email address so that we can get in touch...

Weight-loss surgery information evening

Spire Washington Hospital regularly holds weight-loss surgery information evenings. The events are free to attend and provide an opportunity to gain some expert advise from our weight-loss team.

To find out the date and time of our next event please call our customer services adviser on 0191 418 8687, or email us at

Useful links

For more information about weight-loss surgery at Spire Washington Hospital, please click on the links below

© Spire Healthcare Group plc (2016)