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Is a Gastric Sleeve Right for Me?

Is a Gastric Sleeve Right for Me?

Weight loss is a sizable industry (think: more than $250 billion in 2021), but it shouldn’t necessarily be. If weight-loss products and services were effective, people would use them once. Instead, most diets and weight-loss supplements trigger only temporary weight loss. That keeps the weight-loss industry profitable, but it leaves individuals frustrated.

We want to change that. At Wellness and Surgery in Ardsley, New York, Jonathan Arad, MD, FACS, Michelle Molina, MD, and our team offer gastric sleeve surgery for precisely that reason. With this tried-and-true procedure, we can help you reach your ideal weight and comfortably stay there. 

If you’ve struggled with your weight, you might be wondering if a gastric sleeve is right for you. To help you find out, let’s first take a look at how it works.

Gastric sleeve surgery 101

This procedure works by removing a portion of your stomach. It’s a minimally invasive surgery that changes your stomach from its current setup — which resembles a tank — to a sleeve. By shrinking the size of your stomach, this procedure allows you to feel full faster. It physically limits how much you can eat, making it easier to lose weight and, perhaps more importantly, keep the pounds off long-term. 

Our team performs gastric sleeve surgery laparoscopically, making this a minimally invasive procedure. We can do the whole thing through tiny keyhole incisions, shrinking the risk of complications and your downtime afterward. 

Recovery takes about a month, during which you’ll be on liquids and pureed foods. 

People can lose as much as 60% of their excess weight within two years. With a healthy diet (which becomes easier after your procedure) and exercise, you can reach and stay at your goal weight.  

Good candidates for a gastric sleeve

Plenty of people can benefit from gastric sleeve surgery. Primarily, you need to be a nonsmoker.

Beyond that, it comes down to getting insurance to approve the procedure. If you have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or more, this should be pretty straightforward.

Even if your BMI is 30 to 39.9, we may be able to help you qualify for gastric sleeve surgery. Usually, we’ll need to show that your weight is creating a health complication, like:

Come talk with our team and we can help you decide if a gastric sleeve is right for you and, if so, how to get it approved through your insurance. 

If you’re curious about what a gastric sleeve can do for you, we’re here to answer any questions you might have. To set up your consultation, call our office, schedule an appointment online, or text us at 312-667-3620.

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