Dramatic Weight Loss is Possible With Sleeve Gastrectomy in Denver, CO

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 in Denver, CO, we offer reliable stomach sleeve procedures that produce weight loss similar to the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass which is likely better than laparoscopic adjustable band (lap-band) procedures. Potential advantages of the sleeve include:

  • Desirable weight loss
  • Co-morbidity resolution
  • Relative ease of technique
  • Avoidance of a foreign body or adjustments
  • Immediate restriction of caloric intake

Though a major disadvantage of a bariatric sleeve is that it is irreversible, a second procedure could be performed to convert the sleeve to a bypass if adequate weight loss was not achieved.

Brief description of gastric sleeve surgery

In a laparascopic sleeve gastrectomy, our experienced surgeons permanently remove a large portion of the stomach and form the remaining portion into a thin tube or “sleeve.” This restrictive 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.

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 dramatic 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. Among patients with type 2 diabetes as an obesity-related co-morbidity, 70% will have their diabetes go into remission, no longer requiring any insulin or medication. For those with sleep apnea or hypertension, 60% can expect these obesity-related illnesses to go into remission, allowing medications to be eliminated.

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