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Gastric Sleeve Success Rates and Predictors of Long-Term Health

Gastric sleeve weight-loss surgery is a procedure that decreases the size of the stomach to encourage weight loss. It is the most popular form of weight-loss surgery today. During this surgery, approximately 80% of the stomach is surgically removed, leaving only the tube-like portion of the stomach intact.

Approximately 230,000 people had gastric sleeve surgery in the United States in 2017, and those numbers are only expected to rise. According to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, as many as 50% of people regain a small amount of weight (approximately 5%) two years or more following surgery. However, most are able to keep the weight off long-term.

Gastric sleeve surgery success rate

The gastric sleeve success rate is approximately 80-90%. Here is additional information you should know:

  • On average, people experience excess weight loss of about 60-70% within one year of surgery.
  • Most obesity-related health conditions like Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, fatty liver disease, joint pain and high cholesterol improve or enter remission.
  • People experience less hunger and a decreased desire to eat.

Predictors of long-term health from gastric sleeve surgery

Gastric sleeve surgery is extremely effective in treating not only obesity, but also obesity-related health problems that often fail to respond to gradual weight loss. You are more likely to have a successful outcome from gastric sleeve surgery if you:

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