Gastric Sleeve Specialist

Garth Davis, M.D.

Bariatric & General Surgery located in Houston, TX

Gastric sleeve is a minimally invasive weight loss surgery. It helps you lose weight by limiting the amount of food you eat and decreasing your appetite. Garth Davis M.D. in Houston, Texas, is board-certified in bariatric surgery and performs the gastric sleeve procedure. The highly experienced weight loss surgeon uses many tools and techniques to help you achieve your weight goals. Call the office or schedule an appointment with the compassionate physician online today.

 Gastric Sleeve Q & A

What is the gastric sleeve procedure? 

Gastric sleeve is a minimally invasive weight loss procedure where Dr. Davis removes about 80% of your stomach, leaving behind a banana-sized sleeve. 

By removing a large portion of your stomach, Dr. Davis decreases the amount of food you can eat to help you on your weight loss journey. He also removes the portion of the stomach that secretes hunger hormones, so you feel less hungry, making it easier for you to lose weight.

Am I a candidate for the gastric sleeve? 

Dr. Davis conducts a comprehensive evaluation when you come in for a weight loss surgery consultation to determine if you’re a candidate for gastric sleeve. 

You may be a candidate if your body mass index (BMI) is 40 or higher. Dr. Davis may also suggest the gastric sleeve procedure if you have a BMI of 30 or higher and you have weight-related health problems such as diabetes, hypertension, or heart disease. 

In addition to your weight, Dr. Davis also takes into consideration your readiness for the lifestyle change that comes with the gastric sleeve procedure. That includes your willingness to adhere to structured nutrition plans. The surgery is just a tool, but he will make sure you know how to use that tool for long-term success. 

During your initial evaluation, he will review with you in detail both the surgical and nonsurgical options and help you decide what is right for you. 

What happens during gastric sleeve? 

Dr. Davis customizes your gastric sleeve surgical plan and reviews the details at your office visit. He uses minimally invasive surgery when performing gastric sleeve to reduce scarring and recovery time. 

During the procedure, he makes multiple small incisions in your upper abdominal area and inserts a laparoscope that allows him to see your internal organs without making a large open incision. 

He uses special surgical tools to create your new stomach, closes your incisions, and sends you to the recovery area. 

What can I expect after gastric sleeve surgery? 

Recovery following gastric sleeve surgery varies. Dr. Davis provides specific guidelines about diet and activities following the procedure. You start out on a sugar-free liquid diet and then move onto a pureed diet before regular food. 

Though results vary, you may lose 60% of your excess weight within two years. Because of the structural changes to your stomach, you need to take a multivitamin and calcium supplement daily and get vitamin B12 injections once a month. 

Schedule your gastric sleeve consultation at the office of Garth Davis M.D. by calling or booking an appointment online today.