Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Gastric Sleeve Surgery – Frequently Asked Questions

Gastric Sleeve Surgery Before and AfterGastric sleeve surgery can be a life-changing solution for those who have difficulty losing weight.

The procedure, also called sleeve gastrectomy, helps control what you eat by restricting the amount of food you can consume, causing you to reach fullness faster.

Because the surgery is so effective, it has become an increasingly popular option for:

If you are considering gastric sleeve surgery for yourself or a loved one, then you’ll want to take the time to understand how it works and what’s involved.

Review the frequently asked questions below as a general guide to learning more about the procedure and how it can change your life.

What is gastric sleeve surgery?

Gastric sleeve surgery is a procedure in which a vertical sleeve is created within the stomach through surgical stapling.

The sleeve itself is thin and approximately eight inches long. As the sleeve is created, the rest of the stomach is stapled off the body. Food passes through your digestive system as it normally would and is fully absorbed into the body. However, the capacity for food within the stomach is now smaller.

How does it cause weight loss?

The gastric sleeve helps to restrict food intake. With a portion of the stomach removed, less food is needed to make you feel full. You feel full faster, and therefore consume smaller amounts of food.

Patients who have received this procedure have experienced substantial weight loss, as well as other improvements to their overall health. Recent studies show that it produces not only similar weight loss as gastric bypass, but also, it actually has a metabolic effect where it controls diabetes, if present in the patient.

Gastric Sleeve Surgery DiagramWhat happens after gastric sleeve surgery?

Your procedure is minimally invasive (also known as laparoscopic surgery), so your hospital stay will be significantly reduced, and recovery time is shortened as well.

At Obesity Control Center, we only perform the procedure laparoscopically, allowing you to get back to your feet as quickly as possible. Generally, the procedure requires a stay of just one night at our world-renowned hospital and two nights at a local hotel. And, because it is minimally invasive, patients experience less pain after surgery and have smaller scars than those resulting from open procedures.

As with any weight loss procedure, patients are advised to maintain optimal health after surgery through diet and exercise.

How much does gastric sleeve surgery cost?

The cost of gastric sleeve surgery varies by hospital and is typically affected by your specific situation.

At Obesity Control Center, our weight loss procedures are designed to be affordable for every patient, and we offer special financing options that could make the expense even easier for you or your loved ones. Rest assured that you’ll receive the absolute best care in the industry, including a team of three surgeons, transportation to and from the airport, a 5-star hotel stay, and follow-up care.

How does this procedure compare to gastric bypass?

The weight loss results achieved through gastric sleeve procedures are similar to those of gastric bypass, however the procedure itself is different.

Through gastric bypass, the body’s normal digestive process is altered, which is not the case with the sleeve. A small stomach pouch is created that allows food to bypass a portion of the small intestine where calories are absorbed. As a result, the capacity for food inside the stomach is reduced, which gives you the feeling of being full more quickly, and thereby restricts your food intake.

Unparalleled Care from a World-Renowned Hospital


A young beautiful girl is drinking water from a bottle while sitting on a bicycle after gastric sleeve surgeryIf you’re ready to experience the life-changing benefits of weight loss surgery, then contact us to learn more about receiving your procedure at Obesity Control Center.

Obesity Control Center is the world leader in weight loss procedures and is staffed by the best surgeons in the world.

Our sophisticated, state-of-the-art facilities are specifically designed for bariatric procedures, such as the gastric sleeve. Our skilled, Board Certified surgeons, who have been recognized on the top media programs around the world, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, use the most advanced techniques in the field to achieve unparalleled results for every patient.

We have performed more than 10,000 surgeries at our modern facilities, located just 10 minutes from the San Diego airport. We are committed to ensuring that each and every patient receives superior care, as well as our full and undivided attention.

We understand how frustrating and emotionally difficult it can be to deal with obesity and constant weight gain. Let us help you find a safe, effective solution that will allow you to start enjoying life once again.

Call 1-866-Dr-Ortiz (1-866-376-7849) to learn more about gastric sleeve surgery.

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