Gastric sleeve surgery (sleeve gastrectomy) at Spire Edinburgh Hospitals Murrayfield and Shawfair Park

At Spire Edinburgh Hospitals, our consultants can carry out gastric sleeve surgery to help you lose weight.

Gastric sleeve surgery is when part of your stomach is removed to reduce its size and this limits the quantity you can eat as well as reducing your appetite.

Sometimes also called

  • Sleeve gastrectomy
  • Partial gastrectomy
  • Bariatric surgery
  • Weight loss surgery

At a glance

  • Typical hospital stay
    2 nights

  • Procedure duration
    1-2 hours

  • Type of anaesthetic
    General

  • Available to self-pay?
    Yes

  • Covered by health insurance?
    Some insurers, by exception

Why Spire?

  • Fast access to treatment when you need it
  • Consultants who are experts in their field
  • Flexible payment options to help you spread the cost

Gastric sleeve surgery: what to expect at Spire Edinburgh

Spire Edinburgh Hospitals has been caring for patients privately across Scotland and beyond since 1984. We have a choice of bariatric surgeons who perform gastric sleeve surgery to help with weight loss. They’ll provide you with a treatment and recovery plan that’s tailored to your individual needs.

How much does Gastric sleeve surgery (sleeve gastrectomy) cost at Spire Edinburgh Hospitals Murrayfield and Shawfair Park

A fixed price for this treatment may be available on enquiry and following an initial consultation.

It’s a common operation to have done privately, and our inclusive prices and access to payment plans make it easy and more affordable, even if you don’t have medical insurance.

Spire Edinburgh Hospitals Murrayfield and Shawfair Park can provide you with a single, fixed price so there are no surprises. Please read Spire Healthcare's terms and conditions for full details of what’s included and excluded in your fixed price when paying for yourself. Finance options are available through our partner Omni Capital Retail Finance Ltd, 10 Norwich Street, London, EC4A 1BD.

Preparing for gastric sleeve surgery at Spire Edinburgh

Getting here

Our Spire Murrayfield Hospital is an approximate 20 minute drive east from Edinburgh Airport or 10 minutes west from Haymarket train station. We have free on-site parking for you and your visitors.

Your consultations

Your first appointment will be with a bariatric nurse specialist and is free of charge. Following that, you'll have an appointment with a consultant and, if needed, other members of the clinical team.

During your consultation, your consultant will talk to you about your medical history. They'll be able to explain:

  • The different options for surgery
  • What’s involved, including the anaesthetic and any risks or complications
  • The kind of tests you’ll need before your surgery

There’ll be plenty of time to discuss any questions or concerns. You might find it helpful to think of some questions beforehand and make notes during your consultation.

Before going ahead with gastric sleeve surgery, you’ll need to have a pre-operative assessment.

Gastric sleeve surgery: your procedure

When you arrive on the day of your surgery, we’ll show you to your own private en-suite room. You’ll meet your consultant, anaesthetist and the surgical team.

Before the operation, you’ll be given a general anaesthetic and once ready, your consultant will carry out the surgery.

If you’ve come with a friend or family member, they’re welcome to wait in our lounge while you have your operation.

The surgery usually takes one to two hours, but you’ll stay in hospital for approximately two days.

Your aftercare and recovery

After surgery, our nursing team will give you pain relief to help you deal with any pain or discomfort from the surgery.

We’ll have follow-up appointments with you after you leave hospital to check you're recovering and losing weight as expected. Seven to 10 days after your operation, you'll see a bariatric nurse specialist. You'll have appointments with a dietitian at six to eight weeks after and then every 10-12 weeks for one year. Your consultant will have a final appointment with you after one year. You can have other appointments during this time if requested.

Although everyone’s different and you should always follow your consultant's advice, here’s a typical recovery guide for gastric sleeve surgery:

Treatment and recovery timeline

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2 days

Leave hospital

1–3 weeks

Return to work, depending on your job

4 weeks

May be able to drive

4–6 weeks

Follow a controlled, monitored diet

3–6 months

Less symptoms of rapid weight loss

2 years

Most weight loss will have happened

The treatment described on this page may be adapted to meet your individual needs, so it's important to follow your healthcare professional's advice and raise any questions that you may have with them.

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