There are many procedures for bariatric surgery, including Gastric Band, Gastric Sleeve, Gastric Bypass, and Duodenal Switch. We believe that Gastric Sleeve surgery is among the most effective surgeries with minimal potential complications and faster recovery, with no foreign body usage and no malabsorption symptoms.
As the name indicates, part of the stomach is removed, leaving a small sleeve-shaped stomach tube that limits food intake. Moreover, since the now-smaller stomach produces less “hunger hormones”, appetite is usually reduced.
Many studies support the fact that the Gastric Sleeve surgery is a great procedure for patients with a BMI in the range of 30-50. For patients with a very high BMI (typically over 60), Gastric Sleeve operation can be performed as a two-stage procedure, with the second surgery being performed within 6-12 months after the first one. Currently, for patients whose BMI ranges between 30-60, Gastric Sleeve is not covered under OHIP unless Gastric Bypass is not possible due to small bowel disease or previous surgeries. When the Gastric Sleeve OHIP coverage criteria is not met, then you will not be able to choose the Sleeve as your primary procedure. In these cases, we are here to help out and provide you with your choice for the Sleeve with almost no waiting time.