The gastric sleeve procedure, also known as the sleeve gastrectomy or vertical gastric sleeve, is one of several options available to Los Angeles residents who seek help for overcoming serious obesity. During this surgery, about three-quarters of the stomach is removed. The resulting pouch is the shape of a banana, or a tube, hence the name “sleeve gastrectomy.” This restricts the patient’s food intake and results in effective long term weight loss.
The sleeve gastrectomy is a restrictive procedure, which limits the amount of food you can eat by reducing the size of your stomach.
The team at Marina Weight Loss performs the gastric sleeve surgery using laparoscopy. This means that instead of making a large abdominal incision, the surgeon makes small incisions, through which he inserts a camera and specially designed instruments. These instruments allow the surgeon to perform very precise moves while causing much less trauma to the patient’s body. Laparoscopic technique allows for quicker recovery, lower chance of surgical complications, and less patient discomfort. The operation can take about an hour if performed by an experienced surgeon.
During gastric sleeve you will be placed under general anesthesia, meaning you will be fully unconscious during this stomach surgery. At Marina Del Rey Hospital we only work with anesthesiologists experienced in the treatment of bariatric patients to ensure that the procedure is performed as safely as possible.
A potential side effect of gastric sleeve surgery is nausea. This, and other side effects, are short term and after the patients becomes acclimated to the new stomach anatomy these will pass. Complications of surgery are more serious but also more rare than side effects. Complications refer to the operative risks of surgery (risks during surgery) while side-effect means that problems occur in addition to the desired effect.
These can include:
If you have any of the symptoms below you should contact your surgeon’s office right away:
Although these may not be serious, it is important that you consult with the appropriate medical professional to confirm whether further evaluation is needed. Of course, you should always feel free to contact our office any time you have questions or concerns regarding your surgery or your health.
However, in the case of a true medical emergency, you should always start by calling 911.
As with most surgeries, there is a cost associated with sleeve gastrectomy, and careful planning is required before making the decision to undergo surgery. Each gastric sleeve patient's needs and circumstances are different, and the cost can vary from case to case.
Insurance companies often cover most, if not all, of the cost of bariatric surgery. If bariatric surgery is a covered benefit, often the patient is only responsible for the co-pay or deductible. HMO and PPO policies from many insurance companies do include weight loss surgery for those who meet the criteria.
At Marina Del Rey Hospital's Marina Weight Loss surgery center, insurance accepted includes:
We are a contracted provider with these and other insurance companies. Call (310) 577-5540 to speak to our insurance specialist and determine if your insurer is among them. We can help determine if your policy covers the procedure.
The way to find out if your insurance company covers your surgery is by reviewing the certificate of coverage. This document is available from your company's human-resources department if your insurance is through work, and from your broker or insurer's customer-care department if you are on an individual policy. More information about the insurance process is available in our insurance section.
Even if your insurance covers the gastric sleeve procedure, there may still be some out of pocket cost for the surgery. Although these costs tend to be relatively low, the still reflect a financial investment.
Yet keep in mind that it is an investment — in your health, and in your future. When asking "how much does gastric sleeve cost?" you should also consider that the cost for bariatric surgery isn't the only relevant factor in choosing a provider. Marina Weight Loss sets the most competitive rates possible without compromising our excellent standard of care. We would not cut corners, because success is our guiding principle.
We want everyone who consults with us to be successful. That's why we don't think cost should be a barrier. For this reason, the staff at our Los Angeles center is well-trained and very experienced in finding ways to help you finance the procedure. Even if your insurance does not cover gastric sleeve, we will work with you to find an affordable solution. That's why we contract with BLIS, a company founded specifically to help patients find funding for bariatric surgery.
After the gastric sleeve procedure, patients will usually go home in one to two days, and can be back to work in a week or so. For a few days, the body may not be used to the modification, so discomfort or nausea may occur.
The results depend on the patient's commitment: you get out what you put in. Weight loss depends on the patient's willingness to adopt a sensible eating plan and reasonable routine activity. If the patient does stick with good lifestyle habits after the procedure, significant weight loss can be expected.
Studies have shown that sleeve gastrectomy outcomes compare well to other types of bariatric surgery like the lap band and gastric bypass. This is true both in terms of weight lost, which is comparable to the other two surgeries, and in the low probability of complications.
When the surgery is performed laparoscopically, as we do at Marina Weight Loss, it can lead to less risk of surgical complications than with open procedures. Although risks do exist, they are generally low — especially in comparison with the expected benefits. Long-term results include greater mobility and higher energy, the possible remission of weight-related condition like diabetes, and a longer life expectancy.
Dr. Korman and Dr. Misra, and the weight loss center, have been designated as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence, confirming a record of excellent care, surgical experience, and results. Patients from all over Los Angeles have hit their weight-loss targets with the assistance of Marina Weight Loss' dedicated staff.
Many Los Angeles residents have had success with Marina Weight Loss. As a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence, our Los Angeles center and our surgical team meet a high threshold for experience in bariatric procedures. A Center of Excellence must perform at least 125 bariatric operations per year; each individual surgeon must perform at least 50 annually, and must have performed at least 125 in his or her lifetime. Dr. Jeremy Korman and Dr. Mona Misra have successfully performed over 1000 bariatric procedures.
Los Angeles residents looking for help in treating their obesity can be confident in their choice of Marina Weight Loss, a proven center for weight loss surgery in Los Angeles.
Support groups are an integral part of our post-operative support system.Gastric sleeve surgery patients who come to our support group meetings, which take place in our Marina Del Rey facility, find that the community that forms between patients helps them to sustain the determination and motivation that it takes to keep going with intense weight loss.
Support groups for gastric sleeve patients are held at our Marina Del Rey Hospital facility. They are scheduled once a month on Saturdays and once during the week — so that no matter where in Los Angeles you are, there should be a time that works for you. We encourage our patients to attend, and we will make sure to inform you of the times and dates of our meetings.
If you'd like to learn more, please contact us at (310) 577-5540 We look forward to having a conversation with you about this exciting medical advance!
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