About the procedure
Gastric sleeve surgery, also known as a sleeve gastrectomy, is a type of weight loss surgery where 80% of the stomach is removed to make it smaller. It is also known as bariatric surgery.
What does gastric sleeve surgery involve?
The procedure involved the removal of part of the stomach. In this way, a new, small stomach has less capacity for food, meaning you will eat less and the ultimate result is significant weight loss. In the 1960s, when it was pioneered, it was sometimes called ‘getting your stomach stapled’. Now, it’s a relatively common procedure that many people opt for to improve their long-term health and quality of life. For before and after results, please view our gallery below.
Gastric sleeve surgery vs. gastric bypass surgery?
Gastric sleeve surgery was the precursor to gastric bypass surgery. The first gastric sleeve surgery was performed in 1988 and gastric bypass surgery was in 1963. However, since the 2000s gastric bypass has been just as popular as gastric sleeve, possibly even more so.
- Gastric sleeve – part of the stomach is removed to make the stomach smaller.
- Gastric bypass – a small pouch is created at the top of the stomach and connected to your small intestine, bypassing the rest of the stomach.
Our team can advise you on the most suitable option for you.
Who is an ideal candidate for gastric sleeve surgery?
Anyone who has struggled with their weight and has a BMI (body mass index) of 40 or more is a suitable candidate for gastric sleeve surgery.
Typically, if you are aged between 18 to 65 and are around 45 kilograms (100 pounds) or more above a standard healthy weight, then you may be an ideal candidate.
Pricing for a gastric sleeve
Our prices (including return flights) start from £4,097 or $8,750 (Australian dollars). Please contact us for a personalised quote.
This pricing includes:
- Private, unshared transfers from the airport to your hotel, and to/from your medical appointment/s at the hospital
- Hospital and surgical fees
- Hospital and 4* or 5* hotel stay (this duration varies depending on your procedure. Find out more in ‘Fast Facts’ above)
- Daily breakfast at your hotel
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner during your hospital stay
- Comprehensive aftercare during and after your procedure
- Phone access to UK and Australian registered nurses on your return home.
What are the benefits of gastric sleeve surgery?
The benefits of weight loss with gastric sleeve surgery also have an instrumental effect on your overall physical and mental health.
Diseases, such as diabetes, fatty liver and sleep apnoea, can become more manageable or diminish completely over time. As weight decreases, so does the likelihood of getting cancers, stroke or blood pressure problems. Some clients have reported their previous issues of gout, urinary incontinence and acid reflux have been alleviated with gastric sleeve surgery.
As you will be intaking less food, and therefore less nutrition, you may need to take a vitamin supplement for an extended period of time. It is important to visit your GP for regular check-ups to ensure you are getting sufficient vitamins and minerals.
It’s also important to consider the mental and emotional impacts of gastric sleeve surgery.
Some clients report that being able to buy clothes ‘off the rack’ after years of only going to the plus-size section, reinstates self-confidence and bodily comfort. The reduction in body weight can be maintained by following the surgeon’s instructions and by checking in with your local healthcare providers. Your life will also change in other ways. For example, when you go out to a restaurant for dinner, you won’t be able to eat much as you used to.
Gastric sleeve surgery is not a quick fix and can have some negative mental health outcomes, like depression, anxiety, disturbed eating patterns and body image disturbance. We recommend seeking support from family, friends and healthcare providers to ensure you have sufficient support before, during and after your procedure.
As with any procedure, it’s always important to consider the pros and the cons.