Gastric Sleeve Surgery in Jacksonville, Florida

Also referred to as sleeve gastrectomy or vertical sleeve gastrectomy has gained immense popularity in recent years. Gastric sleeve surgery is a restrictive procedure. It greatly reduces the size of your stomach and limits the amount of food that can be eaten at one time. It does not cause decreased absorption of nutrients or bypass your intestines. After eating a small amount of food, you will feel full very quickly and continue to feel full for several hours.

Sleeve gastrectomy also cause a decrease in appetite. In addition to reducing the size of the stomach, sleeve gastrectomy may reduce the amount of “hunger hormone” produced by the stomach which may contribute to weight loss after this procedure.

Who is suitable for a gastric sleeve?

If you are significantly overweight and want to make a lifestyle change, you may be a candidate for weight loss surgery at Newlife surgical associates in Jacksonville, Florida.

You could be a candidate , if you meet any of the following criteria:

  • You are more than 75  pounds over your ideal body weight
  • You have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of over 40
  • You have a BMI of over 35 and are experiencing obesity related health conditions, such as high blood pressure or diabetes
  • You are unable to achieve a healthy body weight, even through medically-supervised dieting

What is Gastric Sleeve Surgery Procedure?

We perform the sleeve gastrectomy as a laparoscopic or robotic procedure. This involves making five or six small incisions in the abdomen and performing the procedure using a video camera (laparoscope) and long instruments that are placed through these small incisions.

During the laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG), about 75% of the stomach is removed leaving a narrow gastric “tube” or “sleeve”. No intestines are removed or bypassed during the sleeve gastrectomy. 

Typical surgery takes about 60 minutes and most patients are able to leave the hospital on the  same day or within 24 hours


Gastric Sleeve Surgery


What are Post-operative Care and Recovery after Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

Performing the operation laparoscopically / Robotic means shorter recovery, less pain, less time in the hospital, fewer complications and better cosmetic results. Patients stay in the hospital for one  night for monitoring and get comfortable with their new diet. After a gastric sleeve surgery procedure in Jacksonville fl, the patient is ambulating few hours after surgery and has minimum requirement for pain medications. Most patients are able to return to their work in 10 days..

The patient progresses from drinking only clear fluids for two days after the gastric sleeve surgery to a liquid diet for a  week and eventually having and soft food before ending up having solid foods at the end of four weeks. 

What are the Advantages of Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

The gastric sleeve combines many of the benefits of both the gastric band and the gastric bypass; but without a foreign object and the many complications of the gastric band, including the following:

  • Performed laparoscopically as an outpatient surgery
  • Avoids the technical and long-term difficulties of the gastric bypass
  • No maintenance problems or artificial implants like those associated with gastric banding
  • Weight loss is comparable to that of the gastric bypass
  • The hunger hormone, ghrelin, is virtually eliminated
  • Significant improvements in diabetes, hypertension and sleep apnea
  • Recommended by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

What are the Risks of Gastric Sleeve Surgery or a Sleeve Gastrectomy?

Bleeding, leak, and blood clots in your legs are the possible complications that may occur after sleeve surgery. General anesthesia may also cause breathing problems or other reactions. With our expertise and experience, extensive preoperative testing and coordinated care with other specialist our outcome for Gastric Sleeve Surgery in Jacksonville, Florida, is one of the best in the nation. 

You may have other risks based on your health. Our expert healthcare team will discuss with you about all the  concerns before the surgery.

Gastric Sleeve Surgery at New Life Surgical

 New Life Surgical Associates, Jacksonville, Florida is home to internationally renowned, board-certified and fellowship-trained surgeon, Dr. Sunil Sharma. With more than 20 years of specialized experience in bariatric surgery and  gastric sleeve, Dr. Sharma has been named one of the “Nation’s Leading Bariatric Surgeons” and designated “Master Surgeon” for bariatric surgery and Robotic surgery based on excellent outcomes and quality of care. Together with his compassionate staff, Dr. Sharma attracts clients nationwide with unparalleled pre- and post-operative support, unmatched care, a convenient location and world-class expertise.

If you are  looking out for the best gastric sleeve surgeon in Florida, your best bet is New Life Surgical Associates, Jacksonville fl.