Dramatic Weight Loss is Possible With Sleeve Gastrectomy in Colorado

Sleeve gastrectomy is a fast and effective surgical weight loss procedure that involves reducing the stomach to about 15% of its original size. Since gastric sleeve gastrectomy is a single procedure with minimal risks, it is considered much more suitable for super-obese patients (BMI > 50). At Colorado Bariatric Surgery Institute, we offer reliable stomach sleeve procedures that produce weight loss similar to the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and is superior to the laparoscopic adjustable band (lap-band). Potential advantages of the sleeve include:

  • Desirable weight loss
  • Co-morbidity resolution
  • Avoidance of a foreign body or adjustments (lap-band)
  • Immediate restriction of caloric intake

Brief description of gastric sleeve surgery

In a robotic sleeve gastrectomy, Dr. Brown permanently removes a large portion of the stomach and forms the remaining portion into a thin tube or “sleeve.” This procedure reduces the stomach to about the size of a banana, which encourages weight loss by restricting the amount of food that the body can take in. Vertical sleeve gastrectomy also encourages weight loss by removing the part of the stomach that produces Ghrelin, the hormone that stimulates appetite.

Video of a robotic sleeve gastrectomy

Below is an example of a robotic sleeve gastrectomy narrated by Dr. Brown. It’s a good example of the efficiency of the robot in that the instruments move just like he moves his hands, which results in minimal bleeding and trauma to the surrounding tissues.

Recovering from sleeve surgery

Gastric sleeve surgery takes approximately 1-2 hours and patients usually leave the hospital within 1-2 days. Patients will be on a clear liquid diet for the first 2 weeks following surgery before moving on to pureed foods for 1 week and soft solid foods after that. By 6 months after surgery, most patients will be on their long-term maintenance diet, which consists of small portions of regular table foods.

Ideal candidates

Gastric sleeve surgery is not ideal for all people who struggle with obesity. Some criteria must be fulfilled before a patient is approved for surgery. Ideal candidates are people who are:

  • Between the ages of 18 and 65
  • Morbidly obese with a BMI of 40 or higher
  • Obese with a BMI of 35 and higher and have another weight-related health condition like diabetes, sleep apnea, hypertension, or joint pain
  • Healthy enough to handle the physical stress of surgery
  • Dedicated to maintaining the lifestyle changes that accompany the surgery


The estimated weight-loss a person can expect 1 year after stomach sleeve surgery is about 70% of excess weight. Weight loss may be dramatic at first, and then continues at a steady but slower rate. 70% of patients suffering from type II diabetes will experience remissio, making them no longer dependent on insulin or medication. For those with sleep apnea or hypertension, 60% can expect these co-morbidities to go into remission, allowing medications to be eliminated.


To find out if gastric sleeve surgery is right for you, call our office (303-861-4505) to schedule a consultation!

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Gastric Bypass

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the Gastric Sleeve

The robotic bariatric sleeve gastrectomy is a surgical weight-loss procedure that involves permanently removing a large portion of the stomach.

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The robot provides the most advanced technology for weight-loss surgery. It allows for less bleeding, less post-operative pain, and a shorter hospital stay.

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Watch the videos and read testimonials from some of our CBSI patients. Their compelling stories will help you better understand how weight-loss surgery can favorably impact your health and life.