Weight Loss Surgery

(Gastric Sleeve)

What is it?

This surgery is a restrictive type of weight loss surgery that permanently reduces the size of your stomach. During this type of bariatric surgery a large section of your stomach is removed, which essentially changes your stomach from a football type size to a banana shape and size. This provides a "full" feeling with less food than before surgery. It reduces hunger hormones which is believed to suppress appetite. 


Why Gastric Sleeve?

The gastric sleeve combines many of the benefits of both the gastric band and the gastric bypass; but without a foreign object and the many complications of the gastric band, including the following:

  • Performed laparoscopically as an outpatient surgery
  • Avoids the technical and long-term difficulties of the gastric bypass
  • No maintenance problems or artificial implants like those associated with gastric banding
  • Weight loss is comparable to that of the gastric bypass
  • The hunger hormone, ghrelin, is virtually eliminated
  • Significant improvements in diabetes, hypertension and sleep apnea
  • Recommended by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

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Am I a Candidate for Weight Loss Surgery?

If you're significantly overweight and want to make a lifestyle change, you may be a candidate for bariatric surgery.

We have provided a BMI chart to help you determine if you are a candidate for bariatric surgery at the Surgical Associates. If you have a BMI of over 35, then you could be considered for weight loss surgery.

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Calculate your BMI

If your BMI was higher than 30, you may be an eligible candidate for weight loss surgery.

Begin Your Journey Today!

Let our experts help you answer all your questions.

Thomas P. Barnett, MD, FACS, is a skilled weight loss surgeon treating obesity patients in Dover, Delaware. He has more than 20 years of experience and offers advanced laparoscopic bariatric surgery. Dr. Barnett and his certified physician assistant, Nicole A. Fisher, have worked together since 2002. ASMBS Dr. Barnett performs Gastric Sleeve surgery.

This surgery is a restrictive type of weight loss surgery that permanently reduces the size of your stomach. During this type of bariatric surgery a large section of your stomach is removed, which essentially changes your stomach from a football type size to a banana shape and size. This provides a "full" feeling with less food than before surgery. It reduces hunger hormones which is believed to suppress appetite. The average patient loses around 60 to 80% of their excess weight. Type 2 Diabetes sleep apnea, high blood pressure, and joint pain often significantly improve or resolve. Other potential benefits of bariatric surgery can include improved self-esteem, increased energy, enhanced relationships, and increased ability to participate in activities.

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