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Gastric sleeve surgery

Gastric sleeve surgery or sleeve gastrectomy is a restrictive operation in which the size of the stomach is made surgically smaller to aid in weight loss. With a smaller stomach, you tend to feel full quicker with small portions of food. At times, gastric sleeve surgery is combined with duodenal switch surgery.

image showing Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy bariatric surgery procedure

Gastric sleeve surgery in India is doctored by some of the most skilful and professional bariatric surgeon. The procedure can either be performed by making a large incision in the abdomen, which is an open operating procedure, or by making several small incisions and the use of a camera to guide the operation. The latter procedure is also called as laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy. This procedure leaves the stomach the size of a banana.

As it is minimally invasive along with several advantages including no bypass of the intestinal tract, no dumping syndrome, no use of any foreign body and minimal requirement of extra supplementation of vitamins or minerals, has made gastric sleeve weight loss one of the most sort after surgeries.


Laparoscopic sleeve is recommended for patients whose BMI is higher than 32 with co-morbid conditions like high Blood Pressure, sleep apnea, Diabetes etc. or BMI higher than 35, without any co-morbid conditions.

Any patient above 18 years of age with excessive weight, have the above mentioned conditions (not an exhaustive list) and have struggled with conventional weight loss programs with little or no results can go for Laparoscopic sleeve


Gastric sleeve bariatric surgery is performed under general anaesthesia. The surgery can be done laparoscopically or by a minimally invasive method in most cases. A camera is used to aid the surgery so that the innards can be clearly visible to the surgeon, enabling him better view for efficient procedure as opposed to open surgeries.

About 2-5 small incisions are made and the laparoscope is inserted. Using this instrument small parts of the stomach are removed. 70% - 85% of the stomach is removed and a functional sleeve or a slim tube is added in its place which connects the inlet and outlet of the stomach naturally. By doing this no splinter muscles were altered, which are responsible for the movement of food in and out of the stomach. Also, no re-routing of the intestine is required. The pyloric valve also remains intact. Therefore, there is only food restriction without hampering or obstructing the normal functioning of the stomach.

The surgery typically takes up to 2 hours for completion. About 3-4 days of hospital stay are to be anticipated for your laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy. A minimum of 10 days is all that’s required for your Gastric sleeve surgery in India.


You are to expect soreness and pain which can be controlled with pain medications. The doctor will prescribe a diet regimen that needs to be thoroughly followed. A follow-up with your surgeon will be arranged post-surgery to track your recovery. About 7-10 days of recuperation period is to be expected before you can fly back to your country Exercise and other strenuous activities are to be avoided for at least 4-6 weeks.


There will be a noticeable weight loss in your body post- Laparoscopic surgery. Patients experience 60% - 80% loss in weight within the next 6-12months, on an average.

Along with aiding weight loss the procedure also helps in maintaining a healthy lifestyle by getting rid of co-morbid conditions associated with obesity.

To ensure no further gain in weight, you have to combine laparoscopic sleeve along with exercise and healthy eating habits. Due to a smaller abdomen post-surgery, you will experience fewer hunger pangs and also you food intake will have been considerably reduced. However, in order to accelerate weight loss, you are advised to eat healthy and incorporate exercise into your daily routine. This will provide you with the best outcome and success for your laparoscopic surgery.

Time & Cost

The surgery typically takes up to 2 hours for completion. About 3-4 days of hospital stay are to be anticipated for your laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy. A minimum of 10 days is all that’s required for your Gastric sleeve surgery in India.

India is said to provide some of the most affordable Gastric Sleeve surgery without compromising on standard and expertise. The all-inclusive cost for Gastric Sleeve surgery in India starts from USD 5900. However, the cost varies based on the surgeon, clinical facility and the city you choose for your laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy.

The price includes a private room for your hospital stay, the surgeon’s fee, anaesthesia & anaesthetist charges, all medicines and consumables used during the hospital stay, 24x7 nursing care along with food and airport transfers.

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