gastric sleeve surgery birmingham
By Dr. Jay Long

Whenever patients come into my office and want to talk about gastric sleeve surgery, they have questions.  And sometimes every patient has the same types of questions!  And sometimes, I realize there is a lot of misinformation out there about gastric sleeve surgery.  So I’m here to set the record straight, and hopefully clear things up for you.

No, it’s not literally a sleeve

We do not actually insert a sleeve into your stomach.  The surgery is actually named “sleeve surgery” because of the internal appearance of the stomach after the procedure.  I’ll bet you’re feeling a lot better about this now aren’t you? It’s a relatively new surgical technique, also referred to as Sleeve Gastrectomy.  It is performed laparoscopically.

Weight loss surgery fixes bad reflux issues

Not gastric sleeve surgery.  It’s actually gastric bypass surgery that fixes reflux.  Truth is, gastric sleeve surgery can actually make reflux a little worse.  That’s why I really dig into the medical history of my patients before making a weight loss surgery recommendation.  

Weight loss surgery is the lazy man’s way out of obesity

Nothing could be further from the truth here.  Actually, there are multiple major lifestyle changes that a weight loss patient has to undergo:

  1. A reduced-calorie plan of eating (liquid diet) starting 2 weeks prior to surgery.
  2. Meetings with nutritionists about what to eat, and how to prepare food healthily
  3. Surgery and post-surgery recovery
  4. A complete reboot of the patient’s eating and cooking habits

As you can see, weight loss surgery is a real lifetime commitment to good health, and it doesn’t come without a cost to the patient’s emotional and physical well-being.  It’s one of the most important decisions someone can decide to undergo for themselves.

Hopefully through this article you’ve come to understand the truth more clearly about gastric sleeve surgery and what’s true, and what just isn’t.  I hope you’ll come in for a consultation soon so that I can talk you through the process and get going on making YOUR weight loss dreams come true!

Birmingham Minimally Invasive Surgery is a caring group of professionals who specialize in all types of bariatric surgery.  Our surgeon Dr. Jay Long has highly specialized training in bariatric surgery, having completed a fellowship in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery at The Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas, where he focused on taking care of patients that are morbidly obese.  And we are so proud of our pricing that we publish the costs right on the front page of our website!  Insurance won’t pay?  We have a variety of financing options we can offer you so that you are able to get the healthy body you’ve wanted for years.  Visit us today at or give us a call to set up a consultation at 205-833-6907.