Gastric sleeve, or sleeve gastrectomy, is a bariatric surgical procedure that produces significant weight loss for many people. The amount of weight patients lose with this procedure depends on a number of factors, including diet, exercise, and lifestyle. On average, the expected weight loss with gastric sleeve surgery is 60% of excess weight.

Excess weight can be defined as the number of extra pounds you are carrying around. You can calculate your excess weight by subtracting your ideal weight from your actual weight. For example, if you weigh 225 lbs and your ideal weight is 125 lbs, then you have 100 lbs excess weight.

Looking for gastric sleeve near you? At West Medical in Long Beach, our bariatric surgeons are committed to surgical excellence. We provide cutting-edge weight loss procedures with your health, safety, and comfort as our number one priority. If you are considering a gastric sleeve procedure, our physician will answer your questions and explain your options clearly so you can make an informed decision.


Many people elect to have gastric sleeve surgery as an alternative to gastric bypass or gastric banding. We perform the procedure laparoscopically, a minimally invasive technique that results in less scarring and a faster, easier recovery.

Through small incisions in the abdomen, our surgeon removes a portion of the stomach to create a smaller sleeve-like stomach roughly the shape and size of a banana. With your much smaller stomach, you will feel full faster, eat smaller portions, and consume less food, which results in weight loss.

The portion of the stomach removed in the procedure produces an appetite-increasing hormone called ghrelin. With less ghrelin after surgery, you may not feel as hungry, which makes eating less and losing weight easier.


Diet is extremely important after gastric sleeve surgery. Your dietary plan will consist of 4 stages:

  • Stage 1: Immediately after the procedure, you will be on a clear liquid diet for 1 to 2 days. Sip slowly and avoid drinking out of a straw or bottle.
  • Stage 2: Next you will progress to a full liquid diet for the remainder of the first week post-op. A full liquid diet includes protein shakes, smooth cream soups, and clear liquids. Have small frequent meals, take tiny sips, and stop when you feel pressure or feel full.
  • Stage 3: If you are tolerating a full liquid diet well at day 8 post-op, you may progress to pureed foods through day 21. Your foods should be low in sugar and fat and blended to a soft, baby food consistency. Eat slowly, chew thoroughly, and do not drink liquids with meals. High protein foods should be eaten first, followed by vegetables, and then fruit.
  • Stage 4: In the 4th week post-op you may progress to the final stage if you have tolerated pureed foods well. The foods you eat in this stage should be soft, but they do not need to be blended or pureed. Chew your food well, eat slowly, and avoid foods high in fat, sugar, or calories. Remember to always eat high protein foods first.


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Sleeve gastrectomy is a bariatric procedure with significant benefits. It provides more weight loss than adjustable gastric banding and does not require adjustments. There is no foreign device implanted in the body and the intestines are not re-routed. It produces rapid weight loss, most of which occurs within the first year after surgery, and improves or resolves obesity-related health conditions.

Gastric sleeve surgery assists weight loss in two ways. It resizes and reshapes the stomach so patients feel full faster and consume less food; and it reduces hunger by removing the portion of the stomach mainly responsible for producing the hormone that increases appetite.

If you are more than 50 lbs overweight and believe you might benefit from this procedure, call West Medical in Long Beach to schedule a consultation. Our weight loss surgeons are committed to comprehensive care and finding the best treatment options in your particular case.


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