What is the Sleeve Gastrectomy Procedure?

The Sleeve Gastrectomy operation is the newest surgical procedure for weight loss being performed today. This procedure is performed laparoscopically with a minimally-invasive surgical technique and involves removing approximately 80% of the stomach. This, in effect, creates a smaller, more tubular stomach or “sleeve” which allows for excellent hunger and portion control. We now have excellent, longer-term data from a recent 5 year study showing 60-80% weight loss, which is essentially the same as the results seen with the more invasive gastric bypass procedure. There is no bypass of the small intestine with this procedure making it essentially as safe as the Lap Band Procedure. There are no adjustments needed and the office follow-up regimen is not as intensive. Dr. Minkin has now performed over 3000 Sleeve Gastrectomy operations. Most major insurance carriers and Medicare now cover the laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy procedure. provide coverage for the procedure and many expect that universal coverage may be available within the next year. If you interested in learning more about the procedure you may attend one of Dr. Minkin’s free educational seminars or call 314-965-8410 for an appointment.

Our Program Team

When investigating bariatric surgery programs, look for those programs that take a multidisciplinary, fully integrated approach to the care of their patients. All members of our “Program Team” have undergone specific training and education regarding the care of the bariatric patient. At Des Peres Hospital, several of the nurses caring for the bariatric patients have undergone surgery by Dr. Minkin themselves and understand their patient’s postoperative experience firsthand.