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Gastric Sleeve Surgery in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain

Gastric sleeve surgery, also known as sleeve gastrectomy, is a life-changing procedure that offers individuals struggling with obesity a new opportunity for improved health and happiness through weight loss. Our bariatric surgeons at Novomed Abu Dhabi are dedicated to providing the best gastric sleeve techniques, combining expertise, precision, and compassion. Our highly skilled medical staff will guide you throughout your journey to successful and healthy weight loss, ensuring comprehensive pre-operative counseling and offering continuous support and care after surgery.

What is Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

Gastric sleeve surgery involves the reduction of the stomach’s capacity by as much as 80%, creating a smaller tube or “sleeve” that can only accommodate a limited amount of food. This significant reduction in stomach size helps individuals lose weight and sustain long-term weight loss, leading to an overall improvement in health. At Novomed Abu Dhabi, we employ state-of-the-art laparoscopic techniques, which are minimally invasive compared to open surgery, resulting in a faster recovery time.

How Does a Gastric Sleeve Work?

During a gastric sleeve procedure, a large portion of the stomach is surgically removed, leaving behind a stomach that resembles the shape and size of a banana. This reduction in stomach capacity allows for the consumption of only small meals, leading to a feeling of satisfaction with less food and reduced hunger between meals. Additionally, the surgery decreases the production of ghrelin, the hormone responsible for inducing hunger, further supporting long-term weight loss.

Benefits of Gastric Sleeve Surgery

  • Weight loss: Most patients can achieve significant weight loss, typically between 60% to 70% of their excess weight, within the first year following surgery.
  • Improvement of obesity-related disorders: Many individuals experience substantial improvements in conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and sleep disorders.
  • Minimally invasive: The incisions made during the surgery are relatively minor, resulting in a quicker healing process.
  • Flexible diet: While it is crucial to maintain a healthy diet after gastric sleeve surgery, individuals may find that their dietary options are more flexible than before.

How Is Gastric Sleeve Performed?

Before the procedure, a general anesthetic is administered. The surgeon then makes several small incisions in the abdomen and inserts a laparoscope, a thin tube equipped with a light, camera, and surgical instruments. The surgeon utilizes the laparoscope to remove a significant portion of the stomach, leaving behind a narrow gastric tube that serves as a replacement stomach. The remaining stomach tissue is stapled together to create the sleeve shape. Finally, the laparoscope and other instruments are removed, and the incisions are closed.

Recovery After Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Adjusting one’s lifestyle is crucial for a successful recovery after gastric sleeve surgery. Typically, patients are observed in the hospital for two to three days before returning home. Once home, following a specified diet that progresses from liquids to purees and eventually solid foods over several weeks is essential. Adequate rest is recommended to avoid putting pressure on the incision. Recovery time can vary, but most individuals can expect to resume normal activities within two to four weeks. Consult with your weight loss surgeon regarding when it is safe to return to work and exercise.

At Novomed Abu Dhabi, we are committed to supporting you throughout your weight loss journey. Our experienced medical team will provide comprehensive pre-operative counseling, ensuring that you have a clear understanding of the procedure, its potential risks and benefits, and the necessary lifestyle changes for long-term success. Following surgery, we offer personalized follow-up care and support to help you achieve your weight loss goals and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Book Your Appointment at Novomed Today!

We understand that making the decision to undergo gastric sleeve surgery is a significant step, and we are here to answer any questions or concerns you may have. You can reach us toll-free at 800 (NOVO) 6686 or fill out the booking form on our website to schedule a consultation with the best gastric sleeve surgeon in Abu Dhabi.

Remember, taking control of your health and well-being is within your reach, and we are here to support you every step of the way. Contact us today and embark on your transformative weight loss journey with Novomed.


Is gastric sleeve surgery reversible?

No, gastric sleeve surgery is not reversible. Due to the removal of a significant portion of the stomach, it cannot be restored.

How much weight can I lose after gastric sleeve surgery?

Patients typically lose between 60-70% of their excess weight within one to two years after undergoing gastric sleeve surgery. The amount of weight loss may vary from person to person, depending on individual factors such as starting weight, adherence to post-operative guidelines, and lifestyle changes.

How long does it take to recover after gastric sleeve surgery?

Recovery time after gastric sleeve surgery can vary for each individual. While everyone heals at their own pace, most people can expect to return to their normal activities within three to five weeks after the procedure. It is important to follow the post-operative instructions provided by your surgeon, which may include dietary guidelines, physical activity recommendations, and wound care instructions. Taking the time to rest and allow your body to heal properly is essential for a successful recovery.

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