The gastric sleeve is often followed by a Gastric Sleeve or duodenal switch after the patient has lost a significant amount of weight. Called a “staged” approach to weight loss surgery, this makes the second procedure less risky than it would have been had it been the first and only procedure. The timing of the second surgery varies according to the degree of weight loss. It usually occurs within six to 18 months. The gastric sleeve is increasingly being performed as a stand-alone procedure, but many times it is considered the first step in a two part process.

Compare Gastric Sleeve vs Lap Band Side by Side

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