Patient Journey

From beginning to end, the journey for a patient undergoing bariatric care is full of changes. It will require persistence and discipline, but in the end, it is all worth it. Feel free to learn more about the patient journey.

What is a Gastric Sleeve?

During gastric sleeve surgery, small incisions are made in the upper abdomen. The majority of the left part of the stomach is removed to make the stomach smaller, which provides a number of benefits.  The remaining part of the stomach is a narrow tube. This tube is called a sleeve. 

After your surgical procedure, your digestive system will not change. The intestines and stomach will still operate the same way, but significantly less food will make your stomach feel full and leave you satisfied when you’re eating.

Gastric Sleeve Surgery

NY and NYC gastric sleeve patients lose a significant amount of weight from their surgery and live longer healthier lives. In addition, they are supported by a team of experts that works to ensure each patient has a comfortable, positive, and supported journey from the first phone call to their success at hitting their health and weight loss goals. We have support groups that serve patients in Manhattan, Dutchess County, Westchester, Long Island, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy

Learn more about the Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy and how it is performed. Dr. Shawn Garber, MD is a nationwide leader in performing gastric sleeve surgery in NYC and NJ.

Advantages of Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Gastric sleeve surgery is a simpler procedure to perform than gastric bypass, resulting in lower complications and faster recovery times. With the sleeve, approximately 70-80 percent of your stomach is stapled off and removed, leaving a much smaller stomach behind. Because we are not changing the gastrointestinal tract, it decreases the chances of complications like vitamin deficiencies that occur with gastric bypass surgery. Patients can lose weight similar to gastric bypass surgery, over a significantly shorter time.

One reason our Long Island gastric sleeve surgery results are so positive is that we take out a section of your stomach that produces a hormone called Ghrelin. Ghrelin is known as the hunger hormone. It stimulates feelings of hunger, so when we remove this portion of the stomach, our patients find their hunger levels drop, and it is easier to eat less. Additionally, we are removing about 70 – 80% of your stomach so the stomach is able to hold a smaller volume of food. For this reason, patients tend to eat less and feel full more quickly.

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Additional Benefits

Another benefit of this surgery is that your stomach will continue functioning normally. As a result, you can still eat most of your favorite foods with no worries about suffering from dumping syndrome, which is characterized by abdominal discomfort and other related symptoms. You also do not have to worry about foreign bodies implanted in you, as with lap band surgery.

The New York Bariatric Group is proud to be among the first and only surgeons in the area that now offer virtually scarless single incision sleeve gastrectomy, or gastric sleeve surgery, performed entirely through the umbilicus. This results in improved cosmesis and quicker recovery when you choose sleeve gastrectomy. Ask your surgeon if you qualify for the new virtually scarless SILS sleeve gastrectomy.

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Positive Results

One reason our New York & New Jersey gastric sleeve results are so positive is when we do the operation, we take out a section of your stomach that produces a hormone called Ghrelin. Ghrelin is known as the hunger horm