The Gastric Sleeve (also called Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy) is Sleeve Gastrectomydone laparoscopically (minimally invasive) under general anesthesia. We remove 70-80% of the stomach from the section that is called the “greater curve,” which is the part of the stomach that stretches to accept food.  The greater curve of the stomach is also the source of key hunger hormones such as ghrelin, so there is a significant hormone rebalancing and less hunger after a Gastric Sleeve operation.

Many patients feel OK to go home on the afternoon after their Sleeve operation (one night in the hospital), and the vast majority are back at work by 2 weeks from surgery.

Patients lose from 60-200 pounds with a Sleeve, and they experience major improvements in medical conditions like High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol, Sleep Apnea, and Diabetes.

Patient Testimonials

  • I was able to go to Aquatica and walk and play with my grandkids. Did not need electrical cart because my legs and back hurt so bad. I have been very pleased with my care. They always take time to answer my questions and seem genuinely concerned for me. -Rose R. 9/28/16
  • Recommend for Diabetics
    I have been an advocate for the sleeve and have influenced other diabetics to consider this surgery. Great support. Increased general ability to "get around", climb stairs, play golf, tie shoe laces, self-esteem up! Optimistic outlook. More PR work to the diabetic community. Testimonials by people like me. -Fernando F. 9/14/16
  • Best Thing I’ve Ever Done For Myself
    I can sit in the floor with my grandkids and get up without feeling like a beached whale! Best thing I've ever done for myself. -Gina M. 7/9/16
  • I Feel Great!
    Today I jogged for 30 minutes without getting tired or feeling pain in my knees. Priceless! I feel great, thank God! Thank you, Dr. Pilcher! Staff is amazing! Very professional! -Ana F. 7/1/16
  • Love Dr. Cavazos!
    I now can walk stairs without knee throbbing pain. Pure excitement to be able to exercise again. Love, love Dr. Cavazos!! -Toni M. 6/2/16
  • Completely Changed My Life
    The weight loss has completely changed my life. I feel a change every day. I feel good, I look good, I enjoy dancing again, I'm not afraid to run in front of other people. I feel young again and able to be involved in my daughter's life with sports. The program, staff and doctors have been a great influence on me. The encouragement I have received has been beneficial to my results. -Susan Z. 6/7/16
  • Very Impressed with Service and Care
    What can I say - Dr. Cavazos is so cute and professional that I have referred several friends to this clinic. I was very impressed with the service and care you give so I just have to pass it along! One time I was driving home from work. I was in a red light and was tired. I put my arm on the steering wheel and with my other arm I began to rub it. I was so amazed of how I was able to feel muscles and noticed my shoulders and arms how thin they were. I haven't feel them like that in years!! -Bertha J. 5/29/16