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Sleeve Gastrectomy Specialist

Houston Weight Loss

Surgical Weight Loss located in Houston, TX

If your weight is putting you at a higher risk for chronic health conditions like Type 2 diabetes and heart disease, you might be a candidate for sleeve gastrectomy. At Houston Weight Loss in Houston, Texas, skilled bariatric surgeon Irfan Wadiwala, DO, offers comprehensive sleeve gastrectomy services to support rapid and healthy weight loss. Dr. Wadiwala reduces the size of your stomach, so you feel fuller faster and can make the diet changes you need to lose weight. The sleeve is an outpatient procedure. To schedule a sleeve gastrectomy consultation, call Houston Weight Loss or book an appointment online today.

Sleeve Gastrectomy Q&A

What is a sleeve gastrectomy?

Sleeve gastrectomy is a type of bariatric surgery that involves removing a large portion of your stomach (typically around 80%) and creating a much smaller sleeve to hold food. 

This smaller pouch restricts how much food you can eat, and you feel fuller faster to support rapid, safe weight loss.

Am I a candidate for sleeve gastrectomy?

You might be a candidate for a sleeve gastrectomy if you’re obese but aren’t able to lose significant weight through diet and exercise. Generally, having a body mass index (BMI) of 40 and higher can qualify you for surgery. 

You might also benefit from a sleeve gastrectomy if you have obesity-related health conditions like:

  • Sleep apnea
  • Heart disease
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High blood pressure

The team at Houston Weight Loss offers comprehensive health evaluations and reviews your medical history to determine if this method of bariatric surgery is right for you. The surgeons might recommend a sleeve gastrectomy if you’re not able to have Lap-Band® surgery or gastric bypass surgery because of a high BMI.

They also ensure you’re willing to commit to the necessary lifestyle and dietary changes that a sleeve gastrectomy requires to maintain your weight loss results.

What happens during a sleeve gastrectomy?

The team at Houston Weight Loss uses minimally invasive, laparoscopic surgical techniques to complete your sleeve gastrectomy. This requires only small incisions in your abdomen to access your stomach.

Your bariatric surgeon inserts a slender laparoscope into a small incision. Through the scope, they can pass specialized surgical tools to create a narrow sleeve with staples. They also remove the remaining portion of your stomach through a small incision.

What can I expect after a gastric sleeve gastrectomy?

After a sleeve gastrectomy, you go on a liquid diet for seven days and then begin eating pureed foods for three weeks. You can resume eating regular foods about four weeks after your procedure.

Because bariatric surgery alters how you eat and how you absorb nutrients from your diet, you will need to take multivitamins and other nutritional supplements for the rest of your life.

The providers at Houston Weight Loss monitor your recovery and your weight loss after a sleeve gastrectomy. The most rapid weight loss generally occurs within the first six months, and the bariatric specialists provide you with the resources you need to reach your weight loss goals.


Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy and Gastric Bypass Surgery

In this two-stage plan, Dr. Wadiwala first performs the laparoscopic vertical sleeve gastrectomy, in which he staples, then removes about two-thirds of your stomach. The remaining portion is shaped like a tube or sleeve. The sleeve has a smaller capacity, which is enough for a full meal but helps keep you from overeating.
If you are ready to turn your life around with laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy in the Spring, Cypress, Houston, Woodlands area, please contact our certified bariatric surgeon Dr. Wadiwala to learn more about weight loss surgery.


If you’re interested in learning more about a sleeve gastrectomy for weight loss, call Houston Weight Loss or book a consultation online today.