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Why choose Nuffield Health Leicester Hospital for your sleeve gastrectomy surgery?

Our recently refurbished hospital in Leicester provides the perfect setting to begin your life changing weight loss journey. Our highly experienced consultant bariatric surgeons will be with you every step of the way, from your first consultation right through to your aftercare.

After your sleeve gastrectomy procedure is completed you will return to your private en-suite room, where your aftercare begins. You will be looked after by our dedicated, matron-led nursing team and we believe we offer unrivalled patient care.

What is a gastric sleeve?

A sleeve gastrectomy differs from other weight loss treatments as food enters the new stomach pouch/tube and then follows a normal route versus bypassing the digestive tract. As a result, there are no absorption issues with a sleeve gastrectomy. The aim of sleeve gastrectomy is that you feel full sooner and therefore eat less food.

Other treatment options at our Leicester Hospital include a gastric bypass, a gastric band and a gastric balloon. Discuss the different weight loss surgery options with one of bariatric consultants in Leicester and establish which is the best option for you.

What happens during and after sleeve gastrectomy surgery?

  • This weight loss operation is performed laparoscopically under general anaesthetic
  • It usually takes between 2 - 4 hours
  • Your bariatric surgeon will make several small incisions (cuts) in your abdomen (stomach)
  • They then insert a viewing tube with a small camera (laparoscope) and other tiny instruments into these small incisions to remove part of your stomach
  • The tube-shaped stomach that is left is sealed closed with staples
  • It is important to note: unlike some other procedures, sleeve gastrectomy is not reversible
  • You will be taken to a recovery area following your operation
  • Our healthcare team will monitor your blood pressure and heart rate
  • You will be given pain relief medication
  • You may have small drains (tubes) in your wounds to drain away any excess fluid
  • You may also have a catheter that drains urine from your bladder
  • These will all be removed before your go home
  • Once you are on a ward you will be encouraged to get up and move about slowly
  • You will be on a liquid only diet for the remainder of your hospital stay
  • Your stomach may feel bruised and sore 
  • Be sure and let us know if you are in any discomfort or pain
  • Your stay in hospital will depend on your own situation but is likely to be 1-3 days.
  • Discuss your discharge plan with your bariatric consultant in Leicester.

Going home after sleeve gastrectomy surgery

  • You will not be able to drive so please arrange for someone to pick you up from our Leicester Hospital
  • It is important that you follow all the dietary recommendations we give you
  • You will need to remain on a liquid diet for several weeks progressing to soft, moist foods
  • It may be 4 - 6 weeks before you can begin to eat solid food
  • Once you are eating solid foods it will be important to maintain a healthy diet to aid in your continued weight loss
  • Most patients return to normal activities within 2 - 4 weeks following sleeve gastrectomy surgery
  • Discuss any plans to return to work and exercise with your weight loss consultant.

Although rare, as with any surgery there can be complications:

  • Damage to internal organs
  • Staple line bleeding
  • Staple line leak or perforation of the stomach or bowel
  • Nutritional deficiencies.
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