Gastric sleeve surgery (sleeve gastrectomy)

Gastric sleeve or sleeve gastrectomy surgery is a type of weight loss surgery. It may be appropriate for you if you have a body mass index (BMI) of 35 or more. 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.

Sleeve gastrectomy can be performed on its own, however it is sometimes performed as the first part of a two stage procedure. For patients considered too high risk for gastric bypass for example, the gastric bypass can be performed sometime after the gastric sleeve surgery once the patient has lost some weight.

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About the gastric sleeve operation

The gastric sleeve procedure involves reducing the size of your stomach. During the operation up to ¾ of the stomach is removed by dividing it, with the new stomach taking the shape of a narrow tube or sleeve. This effectively restricts the stomach capacity without affecting its function, so that the amount of food that can be eaten at one time is restricted.

Gastric sleeve surgery can be performed either as “keyhole” surgery or through an incision in your abdomen during an open operation, and usually takes one to two hours. It is performed under general anaesthetic, which means you will be asleep during the procedure. You will normally need to stay in hospital for one to three days so we can look after you and make sure we are happy with everything before you go home.

How does the gastric sleeve differ from other weight loss operations?

Gastric sleeve surgery reduces the size of your stomach, unlike the gastric bypass procedure which also affects the way food is absorbed. Compared to a bypass operation there are also fewer restrictions on the types of food that can be eaten following the surgery.  Following gastric sleeve surgery patients often experience a reduction in appetite as the area of the stomach that has been removed plays a role in the amount of the hunger hormone your stomach releases and you may initially lose weight more rapidly than with a gastric band.

The gastric sleeve operation also differs from the gastric band procedure since it is a permanent reduction in the size of your stomach, and is not reversible.

The following Spire Healthcare hospitals offer weight loss surgery

Blackpool - Spire Fylde Coast Hospital 01253 308 031
Brentwood - Spire Hartswood Hospital 01277 266 761
Brighton - The Montefiore Hospital 01273 828 120
Bristol - Spire Bristol Hospital 0117 980 4080
Buckinghamshire - Spire Thames Valley Hospital 01753 662 241
Bushey - Spire Bushey Hospital 0208 901 5505
Cambridge Lea - Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital 01223 266 929
Cardiff - Spire Cardiff Hospital 029 2054 2509
Cheam - Spire St Anthony's Hospital 020 8337 6691
Cheshire - Spire Cheshire Hospital 01925 215 029
Edinburgh - Spire Murrayfield Hospital, Edinburgh 0131 316 2507
Elland - Spire Elland Hospital 01422 324065
Farnham - Spire Clare Park Hospital 01252 895490
Gatwick - Spire Gatwick Park Hospital 01293 778 906
Harpenden - Spire Harpenden Hospital 01582 714420
Hull - Spire Hull and East Riding Hospital 01482 672412
Hythe - Spire St Saviour's Hospital 01303 265581
Leeds - Spire Leeds Hospital 0113 218 5977
Leicester - Spire Leicester Hospital 0116 265 3021
Little Aston - Spire Little Aston Hospital 0121 580 7119
Macclesfield - Spire Regency Hospital 01625 501 150
Manchester - Spire Manchester Hospital 0161 232 2303
Norwich - Spire Norwich Hospital 01603 255 614
Portsmouth - Spire Portsmouth Hospital 023 9245 6172
Reading - Spire Dunedin Hospital 0118 955 3563
Redbridge - Spire Roding Hospital 020 8709 7817
Solihull - Spire Parkway Hospital 0121 704 5530
Southampton - Spire Southampton Hospital 023 8091 4471
Southend-on-Sea - Spire Wellesley Hospital 01702 447 926
Tunbridge Wells - Spire Tunbridge Wells Hospital 01892 741 150
Washington - Spire Washington Hospital 0191 418 8687
Wirral - Spire Murrayfield Hospital, Wirral 0151 929 5408
Worcester - Spire South Bank Hospital 01905 362 252
Wrexham - Spire Yale Hospital 01978 262 462

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