Skip to content

Gastric Sleeve Surgery

The gastric sleeve procedure, also known as a sleeve gastrectomy, is a surgical weight loss procedure that is commonly performed by Dr. Sunil Bhoyrul at Olde Del Mar Surgical in San Diego.

During surgery, Dr. Bhoyrul will remove about 85% of the stomach in order to reduce the patient's food intake while still allowing for the full absorption of nutrients. Dr. Bhoyrul performs the procedure laparoscopically to ensure smaller incisions and quicker recovery time.

About the Procedure

Gastric sleeve surgery is a non-reversible, minimally invasive bariatric procedure. During the surgery, Dr. Bhoyrul will remove approximately 85% of the stomach. This leaves behind a sleeve-shaped section which is then sealed closed with staples and reinforced with stitches, glue, or removable strips. The procedure is performed under general anesthesia and takes approximately 1 hour.

Although Dr. Bhoyrul's surgical expertise minimizes the risks, potential gastric sleeve complications still exist. These complications include staple separation, leakage, bleeding, or (in rare cases) the emergence of acid reflux.

Gastric Sleeve Recovery

Hospital Recovery Time: Most patients are able to leave the hospital the next day following surgery to be monitored by Dr. Bhoyrul and the rest of our bariatric team.

Time Off Work: The average time off work following a sleeve gastrectomy procedure is between two and four weeks.

Follow Up Visits: Patients will be required to attend follow-up visits with Dr. Bhoyrul every 1-2 months for the first six months following surgery. After that, it is recommended that you visit every six months to monitor progress.

Diet: Following a strict diet after gastric sleeve surgery will be vital to minimizing post-procedure complications and achieving your weight loss goals. On your gastric sleeve diet, you will eat smaller and more frequent meals, transitioning from clear liquids to soft foods to solid meals. It is important to avoid sugary desserts, processed snacks, and fried foods.

Learn more about the recommended post-gastric sleeve diet by visiting our blog.

Gastric Sleeve Recovery Diet

Benefits of Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Gastric sleeve surgery is intended for individuals that may not be eligible for other bariatric procedures (such as a gastric bypass) because of health risks or an extremely high BMI. This is due to the fact that a sleeve gastrectomy procedure preserves normal stomach function, allowing the digestion process to fully occur.

Sleeve surgery leads to significant weight loss, reduced feelings of hunger, and a lower risk of ulcers or vitamin deficiency that are associated with other bariatric procedures. In addition, the operation can improve or eliminate conditions related to obesity, including:

  • Heart Disease
  • High Blood Pressure
  • High Cholesterol
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Infertility
  • Stroke
Gastric Sleeve San Diego
Why Choose Del Mar Surgical

You Deserve Surgical Excellence

At Olde Del Mar Surgical, we believe in customizing the type of surgery to the patients’ needs, expectations, and unique medical conditions. We value the input of our registered dietitian, clinical psychologist, and referring physicians when we recommend the choice of surgery for an individual patient.

Dr. Sunil Bhoyrul has performed hundreds of gastric sleeve procedures and constantly produces some of the best outcomes and lowest complication rates in the field.

"Both my wife and I had surgery performed by Dr Bhoyrul. [We are] very satified with his treatment, knowledge, understanding, and professionalism. Not enough words to describe how happy we are with him and his staff. Thank you kindly."

-, Patient Review

To learn more about gastric sleeve surgery, check out our blog:

Are You a Candidate for Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

Contact us to find out if sleeve gastrectomy is the right choice for you.

Contact Us!