Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery

Sleeve Gastrectomy

Sleeve Gastrectomy is one of several treatment options offered by Bay Bariatrics. Sleeve gastrectomy can be performed on its own or as part of gastric bypass surgery, and it can yield tremendous weight-loss results. The staff at Bay Bariatrics is happy to answer any questions you may have about sleeve gastrectomy. Contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Tersigni today!


What Is Sleeve Gastrectomy?

Sleeve gastrectomy is a weight-loss procedure that significantly reduces the size of the stomach, thereby limiting the amount of food that a person can consume. Sometimes known as vertical sleeve gastrectomy, this procedure alters the size of the stomach by using a stapling device to create a thin “sleeve” about the size of a banana. The remaining area of the stomach, about 70 to 80 percent of the original size, is removed from the body. This bariatric procedure is absorptive, meaning the body is able to digest and absorb food and nutrients after surgery. Unlike gastric bypass surgery, sleeve gastrectomy is not reversible.


Garrett Pallo

Garrett Pallo

*Garrett had Gastric Sleeve surgery in March of 2010 and successfully lost 110 lbs.

*Individual results may vary Read more


There are multiple benefits to sleeve gastrectomy:

  • On average, 50 percent of excess weight lost within three years
  • Health improvements, including decreased instances of type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and sleep apnea
  • Fast recovery due to the use of the minimally invasive laparoscopic method
  • Increased physical activity and overall quality of life

How Does Sleeve Gastrectomy Work?

The goal of sleeve gastrectomy is to decrease the size of the stomach so that you feel full sooner and consequently consume fewer calories per day. Considerably reducing the amount of food that you eat helps you lose a significant amount of weight over time.

During sleeve gastrectomy, which typically lasts one to three hours, Dr. Tersigni uses a device known as a laparoscope, a tiny surgical camera, to see inside the stomach. After making a few small incisions across the abdomen, he inserts the laparoscope so that he can perform the procedure via a video monitor. He then uses thin surgical instruments to remove a large portion of the stomach. The remaining area is stapled together into a slim, vertical shape. The procedure is complete after Dr. Tersigni closes the initial incisions.

The use of a laparoscope makes sleeve gastrectomy less invasive than some alternative treatments, and it usually takes patients about two weeks to recover from the procedure. Following this recovery period, patients find that they are no longer able to consume large amounts of food. It is important to follow all postoperative instructions and begin a healthy diet and exercise regimen to reduce the risk of complications.


Is Sleeve Gastrectomy Right for You?

At Bay Bariatrics our goal is to ensure the health and the well-being of all of our patients. During an initial consultation on the sleeve gastrectomy procedure, Dr. Tersigni evaluates your condition and determines your candidacy for treatment. This may include a physical exam, blood test, and tests for other medical problems. In most cases you must have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or more—typically about 100 pounds over your recommended weight—to be a candidate for the procedure. If you are unable to undergo alternative forms of weight-loss surgery, Dr. Tersigni may recommend sleeve gastrectomy as a viable option.

It is important that you have a full understanding of the procedure. Dr. Tersigni works with you to make sure you are aware of the magnitude of the decision to undergo sleeve gastrectomy. The procedure should not be considered a quick and easy solution to weight loss: it is a surgical treatment that poses some inherent risks, and it is not reversible. In fact, the procedure requires a lifetime commitment to healthy diet and lifestyle habits.

Dr. Tersigni and his friendly staff are available to answer your questions and concerns regarding surgery and postoperative care. We also encourage you to discuss treatment with family, friends, and former patients, who can offer you support in your decision.


Gastric Sleeve Cost

The cost breakdown for patients receiving vertical sleeve gastrectomy surgery depends on whether the procedure requires an overnight stay or can be completed on a same-day basis.

As in the other procedures, the surgeon’s fee is $4,500, and the surgery assistant’s fee is $900. As part of this procedure too, each patient is given a post-bariatric swallow study after the surgery, and the fee for that test is $475. For patient comfort, anesthesia is administered during the surgery; costs for anesthetic care are $1,300. Hospital charges are $9,500. This includes attentive and professional nursing care prior, during, and after the procedure. The total charge required prior to the procedure is $16,660.

When laparoscopic gastric sleeve surgery is completed on a same-day basis, there is some cost-savings for the patient. Physicians work with patients to determine which may be candidates for this same-day surgery. The surgeon’s fee decreases to $3,500, and the surgeon assistant’s fee decreases to $700. Some fees do remain the same, such as the the post-bariatric swallow study at $475, and the anesthesia cost of $1,300. The hospital fees decrease to $5,000, and the total charge required prior to procedure decreases to $10,960.

Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy Qualifications

Vertical sleeve gastrectomy surgery can be a life changing medical procedure, but it isn’t right for everyone. There are a few minimum qualifications that must be met for any case to be considered by the medical professionals in this practice. First of all, previous efforts to lose weight must have been unsuccessful. A patient’s weight must be within the range that he or she has a body mass index or BMI of at least 40. This figure involves calculating the ratio between a patient’s waist measurement and height. If a patient’s BMI measures 35 or greater, he or she may still be a candidate for surgery if also facing some serious associated health care risks. These include conditions like diabetes, sleep apnea, hypertension, and low back pain, among others.

While we do accept medical insurance, in some cases, a patient’s medical insurance plan may have some additional requirements. For example, patients may need to participate in a 6-month diet and exercise plan before they can qualify for the surgery as a covered expense. We may consider patients for surgery who do not meet these qualifications. In those cases, bariatric surgery is considered a cosmetic procedure; we discuss it privately with patients and it’s not generally advertised. At the same time, we apply our same high quality approach to care.

Lap Band Removal with Conversion to Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy Cost

Patients who undergo a lap band removal with conversion to a gastric sleeve may have their procedure completed at Bay Area Hospital on a same-day basis, as long as their doctor approves and there are no complications.

A large part of the surgery fees include $4,500 to the surgeon performing the operation, and $900 to the surgery assistant, who’s tasked with helping ensure patients receive the best quality care in a state-of-the-art medical setting. Anesthesia is typically required for this procedure so that patients are comfortable, and the cost for that care is $1,100. As with patients receiving the laparoscopic gastric bypass procedures, patients who receive the lap band removal with conversion to gastric sleeve are administered a post-bariatric swallow study. This is an essential part of effective post-op care. It allows the surgeon to know that the procedure was successful. This test costs $475.

Bay Area Hospital fees total $8,500. This includes skilled nursing care from the time of admission until discharge. The total charge required prior to admission for the procedure is $15,460. This is the full amount that prospective patients can budget for if they’ll be paying for the procedure out-of-pocket because they don’t have insurance or their insurance plan doesn’t cover this type of surgery.


Contact Bay Bariatrics Today

Sleeve gastrectomy is just one of the weight-loss surgery options available. If you are interested in learning if this procedure is right for you, contact us today to schedule a consultation. We can discuss your goals with you in person and determine which treatment would be best suited to meet your needs.