Gastric Sleeve Surgery, or Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (VSG), has quickly grown into one of the most reliable weight loss procedures to treat morbid obesity. In order to be a candidate for gastric sleeve surgery, it’s important to understand the qualifications, requirements, benefits, costs, and weight loss that impact patients eligibility.

VSG surgery involves removing a significant portion of the stomach (up to 80-85%) in order to provide patients with a large amount of restriction. The gastric sleeve surgery reduces the digestion process because of the reduced stomach size while notably decreasing hunger and filling the stomach up with less food.

The gastric sleeve costs vary from $4,795 to $24,000, depending on the country you are interested in undergoing surgery.

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Gastric Sleeve Qualifications

To qualify for gastric sleeve surgery in the United States, patients must have:

  • Body Mass Index (BMI) over 40 or at least 100 pounds overweight
  • BMI of 30 to 39 may be considered dependent on the physician, insurance provider, and surgeon, but only if the patient has health risks related to obesity

Additional Gastric Sleeve Requirements You May Need

  • Additional testings may be required
    • Blood Tests
  • Health Evaluations may be required
    • Psychological Evaluation
    • Physical Evaluation
    • Nutritional Evaluation
  • Previous weight loss attempts through diets or exercise through a designated program regulated by health care professionals.

Am I a Candidate for Gastric Sleeve?

There are specific requirements and criteria needed to be approved for gastric sleeve surgery. Most candidacy requirements for the gastric sleeve require an adult, between the ages of 18-65 years old, with a body mass index of at least 35. (apart from medical tourism countries like Mexico, India, and Thailand)

In order to qualify, you generally have to undergo a variety of tests and health requirements dependent on insurance coverage or out-of-pocket cash pay.

Sleeve patients are more likely to be accepted if they have had a obesity-related comorbidity (or health problem) for at least 5 years. Examples of weight-related comorbidities include type II diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, asthma, and more.

On top of BMI and comorbidities, you are likely to undergo a psychological evaluation to know that you are mentally prepared and able to not only handle the procedure but succeed long-term.

Significant changes in behavior, lifestyle, and physical health are required after gastric sleeve surgery. Patients have to be willing and able to adapt to a new lifestyle, usually proving attempts and failures of past diet, exercise, and additional weight loss techniques.

A physical evaluation is also required in most cases to verify your body is able to handle the surgery to reduce risks of complications arising.

Average Weight Loss Gastric Sleeve Surgery

The weight loss after gastric sleeve surgery varies from patient to patient. The average expected excess weight loss (%EWL) for gastric sleeve surgery with proper nutrition, diet, and exercise is;

  • 3 months: 30% excess weight loss
  • 6 months: 50% excess weight loss
  • 12 months: 70% excess weight loss
  • 18 months: 75% excess weight loss

Gastric Sleeve Surgery Expected Weight Loss - Gastric Sleeve Before and After Pictures

Benefits of Gastric Sleeve Surgery

One benefit of gastric sleeve surgery is that it does not have the malabsorption (meaning less caloric intake because of the changes in anatomy) like gastric bypass surgery, which can sometimes cause too much weight loss for patients who have a lower BMI.

Additionally, health benefits include;

Benefits of Gastric Sleeve surgery

  • Improve, reduce, and even cure obesity-related comorbidities – type II diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, arthritis, high blood pressure, cholesterol, fatty liver, depression, acid reflux (GERD), etc.
  • Average of 65% expected excess weight loss in 1 year
  • Low-risk because of no malabsorption or changes to anatomy
  • Resets metabolic thermostat – resets bodies setpoint

What to Do if Not Approved or Eligible in the United States?

There are a few really great alternatives to gastric sleeve surgery in the United States. One of the best options is to cash-pay for low-cost, high-quality weight loss surgery in Tijuana, Mexico.

Gastric Sleeve Surgery Requirements in Mexico

Mexico is a great alternative to weight loss surgery in the United States because of the surgeon’s experience, quality care, and safety standards that are in place by individual bariatric providers.

For example, Mexico Bariatric Center uses board-certified surgeons who all have lower complication rates than the average gastric sleeve complication rate in the United States.

Gastric sleeve surgery in Mexico starts at only $4,795 using some of the best bariatric surgeons available. In order to see if you pre-qualify, click here.

Mexico Bariatric Center