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Gastric Sleeve Surgery

What is Gastric Sleeve Surgery? Picture showing the amount of stomach removed during a gastric sleeve surgery at Iowa Weigght Loss Specialists

Gastric sleeve surgery is a minimally-invasive surgery for losing weight that involves making six small incisions in the abdomen to remove approximately 75% of the stomach. The remaining portion of the stomach takes the shape of a narrow “sleeve” which holds much less food. Bariatric sleeve surgery helps patients lose weight by restricting food intake and decreasing hormones affecting hunger.

Why We Perform Gastric Sleeve Surgery for Weight Loss Over Other Forms of Bariatric Surgery

At Iowa Weight Loss Specialists, we exclusively perform the Gastric Sleeve procedure for weight loss. Although there are other surgical weight loss options (like Gastric Bypass and Lap-Band), our bariatric surgeon, Dr. Eibes, performs the Gastric Sleeve procedure for a wide variety of reasons.

  • Rapid weight loss due to immediate appetite control
    • Decreases appetite hormone (Ghrelin)
    • Controls portion sizes
  • Average weight loss is 60% of excess weight in the first year
  • A short, 45-minute surgery with a 1-night hospital stay
  • Minimally-invasive surgery with short recovery time (most return to work in 2 weeks)
  • Minimal post-operative pain (pain medication is usually only needed for 7-10 days after surgery)
  • No food catching or foreign body/plastic as with Lap-Band surgery
  • Significantly lower post-operative complications than with Gastric Bypass surgery
  • Lesser risk of nutritional deficiencies because the intestine absorbs normally

As a trusted, accredited weight loss center, we offer a variety of weight loss services before and after surgery to help you meet and maintain your weight loss goals. 

Our comprehensive weight loss clinic team includes weight management providers, registered dietitians, and behavioral health experts, who work together to ensure each patient feels prepared and supported in all aspects of their weight loss journey. With both our surgical and non-surgical weight loss programs, we work with you to help modify behaviors so that you can lose weight and keep it off permanently.

Watch the video below featuring Dr. Eibes, our dedicated bariatric surgeon, to learn more about the Gastric Sleeve procedure.

*Individual results may vary. Results are not guaranteed.

Everyone deserves a long and healthy life, and Iowa Weight Loss Specialists is here to help you achieve healthy weight loss so that you can enjoy all that life has to offer!

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