Surgical Options

Gastric Sleeve

Offered at BID-Milton or Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

The laparoscopic sleeve procedure may be recommended for patients considered high risk for surgery either because of their weight or underlying medical conditions.

Using a laparoscope, the surgeon removes approximately 60% of the stomach so that it takes the shape of a tube or sleeve. Weight loss occurs because the remaining size of the stomach restricts the amount of food that a person can eat.

Early reports indicate that it is safe and effective in reducing weight and decreasing obesity-related medical conditions, such as diabetes and high blood pressure. When looking at the risks associated with WLS, it is important to remember that obesity itself carries a high risk of mortality due to obesity-related illnesses. For many patients, the potential risks from not having the surgery may be greater than the risks from possible complications of having the procedure.

Information has been taken from the Massachusetts Expert Panel on Weight Loss Surgery Summary from the Betsy Lehman Center for Patient Safety and Medical Error Reduction within the Department of Public Health. 

Note: the gastric sleeve procedure is not yet covered by all health insurance plans. Please ask your health insurance provider about coverage for this procedure.