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Gastric Sleeve

Bariatrics & General Surgery located in Greenbelt and Rockville, MD
Gastric Sleeve

Gastric Sleeve services offered in Greenbelt and Rockville, MD

The gastric sleeve procedure is a minimally-invasive option for weight loss. At Transform Bariatrics in Rockville and Greenbelt, Maryland, skilled weight loss surgery specialist Hitesh P Amin, MD, offers minimally invasive robotic gastric sleeve surgery and endoscopic nonsurgical gastric sleeve procedures. You can typically go home the day of your surgery, and the procedure often leads to dramatic weight loss. Learn more by calling the office or clicking the online scheduler now.

Gastric Sleeve Q&A

What is a gastric sleeve?

Gastric sleeve, or sleeve gastrectomy, is the most common weight loss procedure. The procedure involves significantly reducing the size of the stomach, leaving it shaped like a thin tube (the sleeve) about the size of a banana. 

Unlike gastric bypass, a gastric sleeve procedure doesn’t affect your small intestine. Because your stomach is much smaller after the gastric sleeve procedure, you’ll eat less food and feel full faster, leading to rapid weight loss. 

How does the gastric sleeve procedure work?

Transform Bariatrics offers two types of gastric sleeve procedures, including:

Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty (ESG)

ESG is a nonsurgical weight loss approach because it requires no incisions. In this procedure, Dr. Amin uses an endoscope (a long lighted tube with a built-in camera) to guide a suturing device through your mouth and into your stomach. 

Dr. Amin then places sutures that section your stomach off, leaving a sleeve-shaped section as your new stomach. 

Robotic sleeve gastroplasty 

In a robotic sleeve gastroplasty, Dr. Amin uses the state-of-the-art da Vinci® robotics system to perform the procedure through tiny abdominal incisions. 

Dr. Amin directs the robotic system to remove about 80% of your stomach. He staples the remaining sleeve closed, and this functions as your new stomach. 

Robotic surgery gives Dr. Amin the highest level of visualization and improved manual dexterity. It’s far less invasive than open surgery. Robotic surgery causes much less bleeding and pain and reduces infection risk. 

Dr. Amin is the most experienced robotic weight loss surgery specialist in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia.

With both types of gastric sleeve, you can usually go home the day of your procedure. 

Is a gastric sleeve procedure right for me?

In general, people with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or greater (or more than 100 pounds over their ideal body weight) may qualify.  

You may also qualify for a gastric sleeve procedure if you have a BMI higher than 35 (or are more than 35 pounds over your ideal weight) along with a chronic weight-related medical condition, such as Type 2 diabetes or heart disease.  

Dr. Amin can discuss your candidacy for a gastric sleeve procedure with you in detail. If gastric sleeve isn’t the right option, other alternatives can help, such as prescription weight loss drugs and the gastric balloon. 

Click the online scheduler or call Transform Bariatrics to learn more today.