Gastric sleeve is one of the most frequently performed bariatric surgeries in the United States. At Birmingham Minimally Invasive Surgery, we perform gastric sleeve surgery at our facility located just over an hour from Huntsville, Alabama.

About Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Gastric sleeve surgery is a restrictive weight loss procedure during which your surgeon will reduce the size of your stomach by two-thirds. As a result, you will be limited in the amount of food you can consume at one time, will feel full more quickly, and will lose weight from the calorie reduction.*

If you choose to undergo gastric sleeve surgery at Birmingham Minimally Invasive Surgery, you will be in the trusted hands of Dr. Jay C. Long, our bariatric surgeon. Dr. Long is trained in minimally invasive surgery and can perform gastric sleeve laparoscopically.

During the procedure, Dr. Long will make five small incisions in the abdomen. He will use a laparoscope and other surgical instruments to permanently remove a portion of your stomach through these incisions. The remaining stomach, which is now narrow and sleeve-like, will be stapled shut. Dr. Long can perform gastric sleeve surgery in under an hour.

Gastric Sleeve Recovery

At Birmingham Minimally Invasive Surgery, we opt for minimally invasive surgical techniques because they allow for an easier and quicker recovery. Gastric sleeve is an outpatient procedure that does not require a hospital stay.

Following gastric sleeve surgery, we provide our patients with medication to alleviate pain and discomfort. We require patients to follow a short-term liquid diet, but we also recommend a specialized diet plant for long-term use.

What are the benefits of gastric sleeve surgery?

  • Bariatric surgeons can perform gastric sleeve laparoscopically. Laparoscopic gastric sleeve surgery involves smaller incisions, less pain, and faster recovery.
  • Gastric sleeve does not involve cutting of the sphincter muscles or the intestines.
  • When compared to other types of bariatric surgery, gastric sleeve has fewer associated risks.
  • The surgery may result in a decrease of the hunger hormone, causing a decrease in appetite.
  • Patients can eat most foods following the surgery, just in smaller portions.

What are the drawbacks of gastric sleeve surgery?

  • The surgery is non-reversible.
  • Gastric sleeve does not impact the absorption of nutrients.
  • Gastric sleeve is not a viable option for individuals with severe reflux disease.
  • The stomach can stretch out over time and cause patients to regain the weight.

Weight Loss Surgery Near Huntsville, AL

Losing weight can be difficult. If you have tried to do so through persistent diet and exercise, but have not succeeded, it may be time to consider weight loss surgery.

Birmingham Minimally Invasive Surgery offers gastric sleeve at our facility near Huntsville, Alabama. You can contact us online or give us a call to schedule an appointment. Patients of Birmingham Minimally Invasive Surgery are guaranteed a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Long to determine if bariatric surgery is right for you.