How Long Does a Gastric Sleeve Last After Weight Loss Surgery?

If you’re overweight and feel like you’ve tried every diet and exercise fad with no results, you may be considering a gastric sleeve.

One of the most common questions we hear from potential patients is, “How long does a gastric sleeve last after weight loss surgery?” The answer starts with how a gastric sleeve works.

What Happens During a Gastric Sleeve?

During a gastric sleeve, the surgeon makes small incisions so that they can insert the surgical tools. The surgeon then removes about 80% of your stomach, so that just a smaller, banana-shaped stomach is left. This helps to limit the amount of food you can eat, but it also helps to stimulate hormonal changes that help you lose weight. 

The hormone factor is twice as important, because it can also be effective tool to combat high blood pressure and heart disease. Over time, you’ll lose weight and hopefully create lasting, healthy habits.

How Long Does a Gastric Sleeve Last?

Why do the workings of a gastric sleeve matter when answering, “How long does a gastric sleeve last?” Well, a gastric sleeve can minimize the amount of food you’re initially eating, but it doesn’t mean that you won’t be capable of eating foods that lead to weight gain. 

For example, let’s say you have a donut an hour every hour; you’re probably not going to maintain your weight loss long. If, on the other hand, you eat a diet full of lean protein, healthy fats, and fiber, you could see your results last upwards of five years.

Where Can I Go to Get My Gastric Sleeve Questions Answered?

It’s natural to have questions about the procedure, and our team is here to help answer them! Just give us a call at 703-465-5060 to schedule your consultation. Let us guide you to the right weight loss surgery for you if you’re considering this option to help improve your health.