The Gastric Sleeve, also called the sleeve gastrectomy, is a safe and effective weight loss surgery. In a sleeve gastrectomy, the size of the patient’s stomach is reduced, leading to a restricted calorie intake. Dr. Snow utilizes laparoscopic technique to perform the procedure, using only tiny incisions and a high definition camera to guide instruments. Laparoscopic surgery can result in less postoperative pain and a quicker recovery time for patients.
About the Gastric Sleeve
The Gastric Sleeve is performed with the patient asleep under general anesthetic. During the procedure, a portion of the stomach is removed and the now-smaller remaining stomach maintains the shape of a sleeve. At the conclusion of the procedure, the sleeve is carefully inspected to assure a technically perfect staple line has been created.
The sleeve gastrectomy is effective for weight loss because the portion of the stomach that is removed houses a hormone, called Ghrelin, that is responsible for making the patient feel hungry. When this source of hunger hormones is removed from the body, patients feel less hungry. Additionally, a person with a gastric sleeve feels full with smaller amounts of food. The decrease in calorie intake due to reduced hunger hormones and reduced stomach size leads to significant weight loss.
Benefits of the Gastric Sleeve
- Studies show that up to 80% of Gastric Sleeve patients experience improvement in Type 2 diabetes and up to 60% see a complete remission of the disease.
- Many Gastric Sleeve patients see improvement in obesity related conditions such as sleep apnea, high cholesterol, and hypertension that are significant enough to allow the patient to reduce or stop many medications.
- This particular procedure does not involve placing any devices in the body, or rerouting the intestines.
- Since digestion is not altered, post procedure vitamin deficiencies are minimized.
What Kind of Results Can I Expect?
The average Gastric Sleeve Patient loses 65% of their excess body weight.* Keep in mind that each patient is unique and many things will factor into your results. One of the most important factors will be your commitment to a new lifestyle that involves healthy eating and regular activity.
What to Expect After Surgery
Gastric Sleeve Surgery is performed laparoscopically, which allows for a less invasive procedure and a shorter recovery time. Most patients are able to resume regular activities after one week.* After your procedure, you will be scheduled for follow-up appointments at St. Louis Bariatrics and we will be available to answer any questions and provide support and advice for your new healthy lifestyle.
Wondering if the Gastric Sleeve is Right for You?
If you are overweight and it is affecting your health, then the Gastric Sleeve may be the best option for you. In an initial consultation, Dr. Snow will help you decide if this procedure is right for you.
$11,111 Special Self-Pay Pricing
The most valuable gift you can give to yourself and your loved ones is good health, and we are committed to helping people reach their weight loss goals in order to live longer, happier lives. St. Louis Bariatrics has special self-pay pricing for Gastric Sleeve Procedures that is available for patients who don’t have insurance coverage for weight loss surgery, as well as patients who would prefer to self-pay to avoid the obstacles and waiting periods frequently associated with insurance.
Our special self-pay price of $11,111 for sleeve gastrectomy includes*:
- Standard Pre-operative Testing
- Facility Center Fee
- Surgeon Fee
- Surgical Assistant Fee
- Anesthesiologist Fee
- Diet Consultation
- Post-operative follow up appointments with Dr. Snow
- Post-operative follow up with licensed dietitian
- FMLA Paperwork Completion
- Short Term Disability Paperwork Completion
In addition to the many health benefits of weight loss, patients who undergo weight loss surgery are often able to reduce their lifelong medical and healthcare costs. Don’t let insurance complications prevent you from a healthier life. Visit our payment options page to learn about financing options and potential tax incentives for weight loss procedures. Contact us today for more information or to schedule a consultation.
*Additional minor fees may apply dependant upon medical history and needs.
Where Do I Go From Here?
Dr. Jay Snow takes pride in helping patients get a second chance at health and happiness. In an initial consultation, he will review your medical history, listen to your concerns, explain your options and help you take the next steps to a healthier you. Contact us to schedule an appointment with Dr. Snow today.
*results may vary