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Sleeve Gastrectomy in Las Vegas – Nevada

Gastric Sleeve in Las Vegas - NVSleeve gastrectomy (also known as gastric sleeve) is a restrictive procedure that diminishes appetite and results in weight loss by removing nearly 80% of the stomach.

Our bariatric gastric sleeve surgery program in Las Vegas, Nevada focuses on combating obesity in a minimally invasive manner at pocket-friendly prices.

Though cheaper options are available south of the border in Mexico, you can do away with the hassle of traveling to a foreign country by choosing Vegas for your surgery.

Package Cost

BMI Cash
Below 50 $12,500
50 and Over $15,500

(Cash, credit card, cashier’s check accepted)

What’s included in the package?

  • Pre- and post-op consultation
  • Special bariatric diet session
  • Psychological test
  • Surgery center fee
  • Surgeon and anesthesiologist’s fees
  • Pre-bariatric surgery beverage and more

(Note: hotel stay, airfare, protein supplements and pre-surgery lab work are not included in the price. For a detailed list, fill in the website quote form.)

Top Bariatric Surgeon in United States

Your surgery will be done by one of the top weight loss surgeons in the United States.

  • He is a bariatric surgery specialist with more than 15 years of experience and is certified by the American Board of Surgery.
  • A Fellow of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), he is also a Surgeon of Excellence in Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (SOEMBS).
  • 100% of practice has been in weight loss surgery.

Bariatric Center of Excellence

Your gastric sleeve surgery will be performed at one of the top hospitals in Las Vegas, Nevada. It is a full service, outpatient multispecialty facility designated as a Center of Excellence in Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (COEMBS).

Free Concierge Services

View of Vegas at NightWe offer a host of services for out-of-town individuals coming to America’s Playground for sleeve gastrectomy:

  • Assistance in tourism related activities
  • Hotel reservations (at pre-screened facilities for special tariffs)
  • Transportation bookings
  • Attractions and activities at group discounts
  • Spa treatment at slashed rates
  • Golf outings at special rates for both group and individual bookings and a lot more!

Trip Schedule

A typical itinerary for laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy in Las Vegas, NV would look like:

 Day 1: Arrival; pre-op session with the bariatric surgeon followed by a diet class

Day 2: Day of surgery

Day 3 and 4: Hospital Stay

Day 5: Leave for home

Understanding Gastric Sleeve

Description: It involves partial removal of stomach and creation of a much narrower tube shaped stomach pouch called the “sleeve.”

Is it an invasive procedure? In most of the cases, the surgeon performs the surgery laparoscopically in a minimally invasive manner by making 4-5 tiny incisions (about 0.25 to 0.5 inches long) in the belly.

How does one lose weight after surgery? The procedure involves removal of nearly 80% of the stomach. This puts restrictions on the amount of food you eat in one go by making you feel satisfied with really small quantities of food.

What happens during surgery?

  • After administration of general anesthesia, the surgeon will make several tiny incisions in the abdomen.
  • Special surgical instruments and a laparoscope (a tiny camera with light transmitting pictures to the computer screen in the OT to give a full view of the abdominal cavity) will be inserted through these incisions
  • About three-fourth of the stomach will be removed along its outer cruvature.
  • A new stomach pouch shaped like a tube or a sleeve spanning will be created
  • The inner curvature of the”sleeved stomach” runs from the esophagus to the small intestine just like it did before surgery.
  • No changes are made to the pyloric valve (a band of muscles which regulates transition of food from the stomach to the intestine).

Other’s Experience with Surgery: Check out the sleeve gastrectomy reviews of some of our clients who chose to go under the surgeon’s knife to get rid of obesity.

Quick Quiz to determine if Gastric Sleeve is for you

Answer the questions in the following figure:

Who is a candidate for gastric sleeve - infographic

If your answer to the above questions is “yes”, then you are a candidate for vertical sleeve gastrectomy.

BMI Chart

Know your Body Mass Index (BMI)

BMI Chart

Advantages of Gastric Sleeve Surgery

  • Safer and reduced complication rates than gastric bypass1
  • No medical devices required (as in the case of gastric banding)
  • Good weight loss outcomes (refer to figure 3 given below)
  • Elimination of the hunger inducing hormone called ghrelin
  • Improvement in co-morbidities of obesity, such as:
    • Type 2 Diabetes
    • Sleep Apnea
    • High Blood Pressure
    • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)*
    • Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)*

The following figure, based on the results of a 2012 study by Hady et al. published in Obesity Surgery journal, shows improvement in co-morbidities 1 year after laparascopic sleeve gastrectomy:2

Resolution of Co-morbidities of Obesity after Sleeve Gastrectomy

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How long is the procedure?

The surgery takes about 60 to 90 minutes.

When can I resume normal activities?

You will be able to return to work and resume all pre-surgery activities about six weeks after surgery.

How much weight will I lose?

According to a study by Yaghoubian and colleagues published in The American Surgeon,3  excess weight loss outcomes of gastric sleeve are quite similar to those of Roux-en-Y bypass. The following figure shows total weight loss (all values are in percentage) up to 72 months after surgery:4

Total Weight Loss after Gasrtric Sleeve Surgery

Is it a reversible procedure?

Gastric sleeve is not a reversible procedure. However, it can be converted into gastric bypass, duodenal switch or gastric banding in case it fails. The stomach pouch may also be re-sleeved if it gets stretched over a period of time.

How can I lower the risks of the surgery?

Some of the few things you can do before the surgery to reduce post-operative risks are:

  • Increase the levels of physical activity
  • Lose some weight before surgery
  • Quit smoking (at least 4 weeks before surgery)

What diet and lifestyle changes should I make before surgery?

  • Not eat while watching TV
  • Replace skipped meals with protein shakes
  • Eat slowly
  • Chew each bite for at least 20 times
  • Aim for 60 grams of protein a day
  • Aim for at least 20 minutes of exercise activity three days a week
  • Eliminate sugar laden soda and juices

Should I Get a Travel Companion to Las Vegas or Not?

It is mandatory that you bring along an accompanying guest (at least 18 years or older):

  • To assist you once you are out of the surgery facility
  • To make any emergency phone calls to the surgeon
  • To grab prescription medications
  • To assist you to washrooms, etc.
  • To help you have a successful weight loss surgery trip

Your Vegas Checklist

A bariatric surgery trip to the Entertainment Capital of the World gives you an opportunity to relax and indulge in some serious vacationing (as part of our FREE Concierge Services, we also give you access to special discounted travel and activity packages).

Some of the must-dos of the city are:

  • Bellagio FountainsGet yourself clicked for posterity before the iconic “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” signboard
  • Witness the spectacle of the Bellagio Fountains choreographing to music for free
  • Get a slice of Venice at the Venetian Casino by taking a gondola ride down the Grand Canal (Sunday – Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.; Friday – Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – Midnight)
  • Get a feel of the Big Apple at the New York themed New York-New York casino hotel on the strip; major highlights are replicas of the Manhattan skyline, the Statue of Liberty, and a Big Apple Rollercoaster ride costing about $14.
  • new-york-hotel-in-las-vegasBe part of the Freemont Street experience in downtown Vegas and marvel at the overhead visual display which provides six minute long entertainment intervals every hour from 6:00 to 11:00 pm.
  • Witness a highly creative Cirque du Soleil performance which is an extravaganza of acrobats and artists brimming with energy and fun (the shows are expensive costing more than $100 for a 90 minute performance; do checkout their website for special deals)

For more information and a FREE Quote, fill in the contact form on the right.

References

1: Li J-F, Lai D-D, Ni B, Sun K-X. Comparison of laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass with laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy for morbid obesity or type 2 diabetes mellitus: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Canadian Journal of Surgery. 2013;56(6):E158-E164. doi:10.1503/cjs.026912.

2: Hady, Hady Razak, Jacek Dadan, and Magdalena Luba. “The Influence of Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy on Metabolic Syndrome Parameters in Obese Patients in Own Material.” Obesity Surgery 22.1 (2012): 13–22. PMC. Web. 16 Dec. 2015.

  1. Yaghoubian A, Tolan A, Stabile BE, Kaji AH, Belzberg G, Mun E, Zane R.Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy achieve comparable weight loss at 1 year. Am Surg. 2012 Dec;78(12):1325-8.http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23265120
  2. Abelson JS, Afaneh C, Dolan P, Chartrand G, Dakin G, Pomp A. Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy: Co-morbidity Profiles and Intermediate-Term Outcomes. Obes Surg. 2015 Dec 10. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26660488