Who Is a Good Candidate for Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

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By Jeremy Korman

Posted on November 18th, 2011 in Weight Loss

Doctors in Los Angeles and throughout the country believe that gastric sleeve surgery is one of the most reliable and effective treatments for morbid obesity.

Although some in the medical community may still consider it relatively new, it has gained more popularity than other established medical procedures such as the gastric bypass and the Lap-Band.

A gastric sleeve is a powerful tool to aid in losing and keeping off extra weight. The gastric sleeve cost across the country ranges from $9,600 to $26,000.

Are You a Candidate for Gastric Sleeve?

Not all overweight people qualify for the gastric sleeve. Some criteria must be fulfilled before a patient is approved for surgery.

Generally, gastric sleeve surgery is indicated for morbidly obese adults — people between 18 and 65 with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher. For example, for a person standing 5-foot-9, that equates to a bodyweight of 270.

People with a body mass index of 35 — 235 pounds for a 5-foot-9-inch adult — can also qualify. Usually, this requires at least one additional health problem related to obesity. Some common weight-related health conditions include:

You must also be able to handle the physical stress of surgery. Some people have health complications that make major surgery very risky. In some cases, these complications stem from obesity itself, and some initial weight loss can improve the health of the patient enough for surgery.

Psychological readiness is another important factor. Gastric sleeve entails a series of dramatic lifestyle changes, which can be stressful or cause unexpected reactions.

Therefore, having the right attitude toward food, exercise, and health is important, and most major insurance companies require a psychological consultation as part of the pre-operative evaluation process.

Frequently Asked Questions About Gastric Sleeve

For a safe and healthy pregnancy, you should wait at least 18 months for your weight to stabilize before getting pregnant. Most women can get pregnant after gastric sleeve surgery. However, after the surgery, your body will go through a lot of demanding changes.

The average cost of a gastric sleeve surgery is $14.900, but it can vary widely from state to state. Since 2010 many insurance companies cover gastric sleeve surgery costs as a primary weight-loss method, so make sure you check with your insurer.

Yes, it has been demonstrated that gastric sleeve surgery is a safe and also effective procedure for losing weight. Being one of the newest and approved surgeries for weight loss, it has quickly caught the attention of physicians and patients.

The post gastric sleeve complications are infrequent. However, the most serious ones are bleeding, stomach leak, blood clots, wound infection, abdominal abscess, stenosis, and stomach obstruction.

For a patient to qualify for gastric sleeve surgery, he or she must have been obese for at least 3 years, with a body mass index of 40 or more and other morbidity-related medical conditions.

Why Choose Gastric Sleeve at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital

At Cedars-Sinai Marina Del Rey Hospital, we have the best-in-class bariatric surgeons as well as state-of-the-art technology. Our medical director is Dr. Korman, an award-winning weight loss surgeon.

Our weight loss program's highly trained and well-known surgeons are Dr. Mona Misra specializing in STARR treatment, single-incision weight loss surgery, and Dr. Sergey Lyass, trained in robotic bariatric surgery.

If you are interested in learning more about gastric sleeve surgery, or to see if you qualify, schedule an appointment with one of our bariatric surgeons at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital's weight loss program.