Gastric Sleeve

The standard of care and generally the most effective weight-loss surgery.

South Florida’s Gastric Sleeve Pioneers

Jackson Health System’s expert bariatric surgeons created one of South Florida’s first surgical weight-loss programs focused on sleeve gastrectomy, also known as the gastric sleeve. We always work with each patient to create their own individualized strategy to change their stories.

Offered at the Jackson North and Jackson South surgical weight loss centers, which are both accredited as Centers of Excellence by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP), we have already helped thousands transform their lives.

How Does Gastric Sleeve Surgery Work?

Gastric sleeve surgery is a bariatric procedure in which 70 to 80 percent of the stomach is removed in a vertical fashion, leaving behind a banana-like tube or sleeve that creates a restrictive process in which patients can eat much less than before.

Because the intestines are not rerouted, absorption problems are uncommon and there are no food restrictions.

In addition, the removal of this portion of the stomach also leads to a decreased concentration of ghrelin, the hunger stimulating hormone, which often means patients are eating less afterwards.

Due to its advantages, It is currently the most common type of bariatric procedure.

South Florida’s Gastric Sleeve Pioneers

Jackson Health System’s expert bariatric surgeons created one of South Florida’s first surgical weight-loss programs focused on sleeve gastrectomy, also known as the gastric sleeve. We always work with each patient to create their own individualized strategy to change their stories.

Offered at the Jackson North and Jackson South surgical weight loss centers, which are both accredited as Centers of Excellence by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP), we have already helped thousands transform their lives.

How Does Gastric Sleeve Surgery Work?

Gastric sleeve surgery is a bariatric procedure in which 70 to 80 percent of the stomach is removed in a vertical fashion, leaving behind a banana-like tube or sleeve that creates a restrictive process in which patients can eat much less than before.

Because the intestines are not rerouted, absorption problems are uncommon and there are no food restrictions.

In addition, the removal of this portion of the stomach also leads to a decreased concentration of ghrelin, the hunger stimulating hormone, which often means patients are eating less afterwards.

Due to its advantages, It is currently the most common type of bariatric procedure.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the most common reasons for gastric sleeve surgery?

Most often, patients are seeking gastric sleeve surgery to help alleviate the following obesity-related conditions:

  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Constant fatigue
  • High cholesterol
  • Sleep apnea

What are the advantages and disadvantages of gastric sleeve surgery?

Advantages

  • Rapid weight loss
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Food and nutrients continue to be absorbed
  • Relatively fewer complications compared to other procedures

Disadvantages

  • Not reversible
  • Anatomy permanently altered

Am I a candidate for weight-loss surgery?

To be eligible for bariatric surgery, you must:

  • Be at least 13 years old
  • Have a history of trying other diet methods unsuccessfully, including medically supervised dieting
  • Have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or more (100 pounds or more overweight), or have a BMI of 35 with two or more weight-related conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and/or sleep apnea

Each potential weight-loss surgery candidate is evaluated to determine whether he or she is a good candidate for a successful weight-loss outcome. In addition, each insurance company has candidate requirements.

Will insurance cover my weight-loss surgery?

Many insurance plans, as well as Medicare and Medicaid, cover all or a portion of bariatric surgery when it is used to help address serious medical conditions, such as diabetes or high blood pressure. However, insurance plans vary regarding surgery requirements and the amount of coverage provided.

Jackson’s bariatric surgery coordinators will work with you to help you better understand your situation,and to explore financing options if your insurance does not cover the surgery, or if you need assistance paying your share of the cost.

The self-pay option has a number of advantages. You may be able to schedule your surgery sooner, because many insurance plans require documented diet histories. Your cost may also be tax-deductible, though you should always review that with your tax advisor.

How much weight will I lose with the gastric sleeve?

Weight loss will be different for every person based on the procedure they had performed, as well as each person’s health, weight prior to surgery, and how well each person adapts to a new lifestyle after surgery. Typically, patients can expect to lose weight quickly in the initial months, after which weight loss will be slower.

Which surgery is best for me?

Once you qualify for our weight-loss program, our bariatric surgeons will discuss your surgical options. They will make recommendations based on factors, such as your medical history, current health, BMI and more.

All of our doctors perform various types of bariatric procedures. Gastric sleeve, known as sleeve gastrectomy, is the most common because it generally has the fewest complications and the best weight-loss outcomes. The gastric band and gastric bypass are no longer considered best practices in bariatric surgery, and generally, physicians will counsel you towards other surgery options. However, there are circumstances that warrant these procedures.

Are your weight-loss surgery seminars available in other languages?

When we do have seminars available, yes, they are in both English and Spanish.

How does the weight-loss-surgery process work?

Most patients begin their journey by calling 305-585-TRIM for a consultation. There, you can learn about general requirements for bariatric surgery, get an overview of insurance requirements, and complete a patient intake form. After that, the following process usually applies:

  1. You will call and schedule a consultation appointment with the surgeon you’ve chosen. You can also call to to discuss your options and receive assistance choosing a surgeon.
  2. You will meet with our bariatric coordinator, who will educate you about what to expect as you change your weight-loss story. You’ll be briefed on the changes you can expect, such as any medications you take, additional health and medical monitoring you may require, the psychological effects you may experience during your journey, the eating and nutritional changes you will have to make, and more.
  3. You will have appointments with our nutritionist and psychologist.
  4. You will complete pre-surgery testing, including lab work, an EKG, and a chest x-ray.
  5. You will obtain clearance from your primary care physician. If you do not have a primary care physician, we can refer you to one.
  6. There are financing options for those who don’t have insurance or can’t self-pay, and our finance team can help you through that process.
  7. You will have your surgery in one of our two dedicated bariatric surgery centers. Both of our South Florida bariatric surgery centers are are rated as Accredited Comprehensive Centers with Adolescent Qualifications by Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP), conducted under the auspices of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).
  8. Most patients stay one night with us in the bariatric surgery center. This differs with each patient, but rest assured that all of our rooms are tailored toward bariatric patients (e.g., larger beds and toilets).
  9. Before you leave, you’ll meet with our nutritionist, who will give you a personalized nutrition plan for your first month after surgery. You will also receive a personalized medical care plan, which will detail new recommendations for any medications you are taking, as well as appointments you have with other healthcare providers.
  10. We encourage you to meet with your primary care doctor and specialist one to two days after your bariatric surgery.
  11. While your surgery is complete, the process to change your weight-loss story is just beginning.
  12. We encourage all of our patients to continue to consult with a nutritionist and a psychologist who have experience with weight-loss surgery. Your insurance may require these appointments. We’ll make sure you know what is required, what is covered and what we recommend.

The process from your consultation to surgery is typically around three months, although it can vary per person. Don’t worry: Our expert team will be with you throughout every step as you change your story.

Meet Our Bariatric Surgeons

This is the team that can help change your story.

We understand that bariatric surgery is not “the easy way out”; it requires hard work, sacrifice, and an expert medical team to see you through it.

Get to know the pioneers of minimally-invasive weight-loss surgery techniques who would be helping you live a healthier life.