Sleeve Gastrectomy

Diets only got you so far. So did exercise.
But you’re not out of options.

The Bariatric Weight Loss Center at Northeast Georgia Medical Center knows that sometimes, even after you’ve tried everything, you still need help to lose weight. For some people, the sleeve gastrectomy procedure can be an option.

For more information, please call 770-219-0446 or complete the form below.

About the Procedure

The Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy is a procedure in which two-thirds of the stomach is removed. This leaves the stomach in a tube or sleeve shape which limits the amount of food that can be eaten at one time and allows the patient to feel fuller sooner. No other part of the digestive system is affected, so it allows for normal digestion and absorption.

This procedure only limits the amount of food consumed, not necessarily the types of foods that can be eaten. For this reason, one must be committed to a healthy lifestyle.

What are the benefits of sleeve gastrectomy?

Significant weight loss, reduced healthcare costs and improved quality of life. Clinical studies of bariatric and metabolic surgery patients found that they felt better, spent more time doing recreational and physical activities, benefited from enhanced productivity and economic opportunities, and had more self-confidence than they did prior to surgery.

How long does it take to recover from the sleeve gastrectomy procedure?

Recovery times will vary, but our patients often:

  • leave the hospital after one or two days
  • are back to work in one to two weeks
  • are lifting and exercising six weeks after surgery
What can I eat after a sleeve gastrectomy?

Sleeve gastrectomy patients can eat a wide variety of foods, in small portions. A typical meal in a bariatric and metabolic surgery diet includes protein-rich foods such as lean meat, eggs, low-fat dairy products (yogurt and cheese), starches and whole grains, fruits, and vegetables.

Eating protein helps you feel fuller longer. You’re advised to avoid desserts and other items with sugar listed as one of the first three ingredients. High-sugar, high-fat foods can derail your attempts to lose weight. You’ll also want to avoid raw vegetables, fruits with skin, nuts, popcorn, tough meats, stringy foods, and crusty bread (bagels and pretzels), which may block the opening of your stomach.

How Can I Become a Bariatric Patient?

We encourage anyone interested in weight loss surgery to attend Bariatrics 101, a free class offered on the third and fourth Wednesday of every month. During this class you will learn about:

  • The surgical procedures available
  • Risks and benefits of procedures
  • Insurance and payment options
  • Life after bariatric surgery
  • Surgeons performing surgery at NGMC

To learn more about our Free Bariatrics 101 Class click here. Ready to get started? Click the button below to view the class schedule and register for our upcoming class.

To learn more about Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery and Services, contact us today!