Gastric Sleeve

LoneStar Bariatrics

Bariatric Surgery & Weight Loss Clinic located in Plano, TX

If you’re looking for ways to lose a significant amount of weight, a gastric sleeve could be the answer. Chad Carlton, MD, FACS, FASBMS, at LoneStar Bariatrics is an experienced bariatric surgeon offering a wide range of weight-loss solutions to men and women in the North Dallas area. To learn more about gastric sleeve surgery, call LoneStar Bariatrics or schedule an appointment online today.

Gastric Sleeve Q & A



What is a gastric sleeve?

A gastric sleeve, or sleeve gastrectomy, is a common, minimally invasive bariatric surgery designed to help people lose a significant amount of weight. It can also reduce your risks of other life-threatening health problems, including:

  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Sleep apnea
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Infertility


Having gastric sleeve surgery can also lower your chances of heart disease and stroke.

How does gastric sleeve surgery work?

Dr. Carlton performs gastric sleeve procedures laparoscopically using small instruments, a long, flexible measuring device known as a bougie, and a miniature camera for guidance. After creating a tiny incision in your abdominal wall, he removes approximately three-quarters of your stomach, leaving a smaller portion behind.

After having gastric sleeve surgery, your remaining stomach resembles a banana in shape and size. This significantly reduces the amount of food you can consume for the rest of your life. Having gastric sleeve surgery also impacts the hormones in your gut that contribute to feelings of hunger and fullness, as well as control blood sugar.

Gastric sleeve surgery usually takes about an hour and often requires an overnight hospital stay.

Who is a good candidate for a gastric sleeve?

Gastric sleeve surgery is usually recommended if you have a body mass index (BMI) of 35-39.9 and a weight-related health issue, or if your BMI is 40 or higher.

In most cases, Dr. Carlton discusses surgical intervention for weight loss if you’ve tried losing weight through diet and exercise without success. That said, gastric sleeve surgery only works if you’re committed to making permanent lifestyle changes that support your surgery.

If you’re considering a gastric sleeve, Dr. Carlton works closely with you to discuss the procedure, your weight-loss expectations, the risks associated with surgery, and whether you’re a good candidate.

What can I expect from gastric sleeve surgery?

After your procedure, you should experience a reduced appetite, which makes it easier to lose a significant amount of weight quickly. As you adjust, Dr. Carlton and his team help you learn to listen to your new stomach’s signals and make healthy food choices.

While your stomach is smaller after having gastric sleeve surgery, it’s possible to restretch it over time and experience weight gain. To ensure the greatest long-term success, it’s essential to follow Dr. Carlton’s instructions after your surgery.

Call LoneStar Bariatrics or schedule a consultation online today to learn more about gastric sleeves.


*Individual Results May Vary



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