Gastric Sleeve

Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Olde Del Mar Surgical

Olde Del Mar Surgical is the premier provider of gastric sleeve surgery in San Diego. This weight-loss procedure has proven to be effective for many patients suffering from obesity and its related health issues, such as sleep apnea, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes.

Gastric sleeve is one of our most popular bariatric surgeries. With our expert staff and time-tested and trusted, minimally invasive surgeries, our patients can begin the process of achieving their weight-loss goals without having to commit to a long hospital stay. They will also benefit from minimal time off work and quick recovery.

Our award-winning medical clinic is led by our Chief of Surgery Dr. Sunil Bhoyrul, the medical director for bariatric surgery at Scripps Memorial and Sharp Coronado Hospitals. Dr. Bhoyrul co-authored and edited one of the world’s first textbooks on laparoscopic surgery.

Olde Del Mar Surgical represents Dr. Bhoyrul’s belief that a patient’s weight-loss success is dependent on more than just the surgery itself. It’s why our staff works hard to create a patient-centric atmosphere where every question is answered thoughtfully and every procedure is explained in detail.

And with a complication rate of 1% — well below the national rate of 5% — we are the go-to choice for gastric sleeve surgery in San Diego. We are truly thankful to report a 0% mortality.

We want you to feel comfortable in our clinic — like family. And so, whether it’s a gastric sleeve or one of our other bariatric surgeries, our goal is to make your experience not only worthwhile but memorable and enjoyable.

What is the Gastric Sleeve Procedure?

The gastric sleeve procedure, also known as a sleeve gastrectomy, is a surgical procedure to help patients lose weight. It is regularly performed by Dr. Sunil Bhoyrul and Dr. Pascal Bortz.

During surgery, Olde Del Mar’s Provider Team 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. Olde Del Mar’s Provider Team performs the procedure laparoscopically to ensure smaller incisions and quicker recovery time. We also offer Robotic sleeve gastrectomy which is the latest technology and allows very precise surgical techniques.

The gastric sleeve, or sleeve gastrectomy, is minimally invasive and involves the removal of a part of the stomach. Typically, patients experience less hunger after our surgeons remove the portion of the stomach that produces ghrelin, which is a hormone that makes people feel constantly hungry.

Gastric sleeve surgery leaves behind a sleeve-shaped section, which is then sealed closed with staples and reinforced. The shape of the stomach after the surgery resembles a banana (compared to a watermelon before the surgery).

The procedure is performed under general anesthesia and takes approximately 45 minutes.

Although Olde Del Mar Surgical’sProvider Team’s surgical expertise minimizes the risks, potential gastric sleeve complications still exist. These complications include staple separation, leakage, bleeding, or the emergence of acid reflux.

As we noted above, complications are rare in our clinic, but they do happen. However, this is true of many surgical procedures and patients; it’s not specific to just those who undergo weight-loss surgery.

We Offer Affordable Surgery

At Olde Del Mar Surgical, we take most insurances and offer
financing options to suit your needs and make surgical excellence
available to you.

Gastric Sleeve Recovery

Hospital Recovery Time: Most patients are able to leave the hospital the next day following surgery. This is much sooner than with traditional open surgery. Our bariatric surgeons are experts in their field, so you’ll be in good hands.

Time Off Work: The average time off work following a sleeve gastrectomy procedure is between one and four weeks depending on the type of work you do.

Follow-Up Visits: Patients are followed by our team for one year post-op. After the first year, we encourage lifelong follow-up to continue staying healthy.

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, alcohol, carbonated beverages, and fried foods.

You will feel full sooner when you eat, too. This means your calorie intake will be limited. You’ll want to speak with our team as to your continuing weight management, diet and exercise, general physical activity and healthy eating, and other long-term measures to provide weight control that keeps you healthy and feeling great.

You can learn more about the recommended post-gastric sleeve diet by visiting our blog.

Benefits of Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Gastric sleeve surgery is potentially safer 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. Another benefit is that sleeve gastrectomy procedure preserves normal stomach function, allowing the digestion process to fully occur and not altering the GI tract.

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
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • High Cholesterol
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Infertility
  • Stroke

The Process

Image of the gastric sleeve process

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You Deserve Surgical Excellence

At Olde Del Mar Surgical in San Diego, 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.

Olde Del Mar’s Provider Team has performed thousands of gastric sleeve procedures in San Diego and constantly produces some of the best outcomes and lowest complication rates in the field.

Get in touch with us today to start exploring your own weight-loss options, including other procedures, such as gastric banding and gastric bypass.

In the meantime, you can learn more about gastric sleeve surgery via our blog, specifically these two pieces:

  • Gastric Bypass vs. Gastric Sleeve: Which One Is Right For You?
  • The Patient’s Perspective: A Journey with Gastric Sleeve Surgery

“Both my wife and I had surgery performed by Dr Bhoyrul. [We are] very satisfied 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


Body Mass Index (BMI) Weight Loss Calculator

In order to be considered a suitable candidate for weight loss surgery, you must have either morbid obesity or obesity with co-morbid health problems such as diabetes. We use the body mass index (BMI) system to calculate your body weight:

  • BMI of 30 to 40 indicates obesity
  • BMI of higher than 40 is commonly referred to as morbid obesity.

Insurance typically covers surgery if your BMI is greater than 40, or in some instances between 35 and 40, if you have ongoing illnesses that are related to obesity. The FDA has approved weight loss surgery for people with a BMI of greater that 30, but these lower BMI categories are not typically covered by insurance.

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