Gastric Sleeve

Jaime Ponce, MD, Medical Director of the Hamilton Bariatric Surgery Program is credentialed to perform a procedure called the Sleeve Gastrectomy. The Sleeve Gastrectomy removes two-thirds of the stomach, restricting food intake, and reducing the appetite.



Dr. Ponce explains, "We remove the part of the stomach that produces the hormone that triggers the urge to eat. This helps tremendously with patient compliance, which is critical to the success of any procedure." Dr. Ponce continues, "One of the main advantages of this procedure is that it does not restrict absorption during the digestive process, so it is easier for patients to get proper nutrition while taking in less food. Many patients also like the fact that this procedure uses no foreign body, as with the Gastric Band."

The Sleeve Gastrectomy operation is done with 5 small incisions and takes about an hour to do.  The stomach is restricted by dividing it vertically and removing more than 85% of it.  This part of the procedure is not reversible. 

Having the Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy involves an overnight stay in the hospital.  There is no nasogastric tube, and you will be able to return to work, resume heavy lifting and strenuous activity, in most cases, in about two weeks from the time of surgery.  If you are able to do light duty at work, there is the possibility of going back to work sooner than two weeks for some patients. 

A primary reason people lose weight with the gastric sleeve is because of the significantly smaller stomach size.  The reduction of the size of the stomach, to about 60-80 cc in volume, results in a powerful restrictive weight loss.  As a result, patients feel full after a very small amount of food and therefore lose weight because they eat less.  And they are happy eating less! 


For more information, please call the Diabetes and Nutrition Center at 706-272-6079.