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Gastric Sleeve Poland - FAQ

Updated January 25, 2019

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What is a sleeve gastrectomy?

Sleeve gastrectomy is a type of weight loss surgery. With this surgery, a patient with obesity can lose weight. The aim of the surgery is to make a person feel fool sooner and eat less, which is done by removing a part of the stomach. The surgery is known as one of the most popular weight loss surgeries.

What are the benefits of sleeve gastrectomy?

Gastric sleeve surgery has few benefits over other weight loss surgeries. First of all, unlike gastric bypass Poland, sleeve gastrectomy does not make permanent changes to the digestive system which means that all of the food and nutrients will be fully absorbed into the body. Another benefit is that gastric sleeve procedure does not require as many follow-ups as other weight loss surgeries like gastric band Poland.

Who should have gastric sleeve surgery?

A person who has BMI (Body Mass Index) of 35 or more, and has tried to lose weight with diets and exercises can consider having sleeve gastrectomy abroad. If the BMI is lower but there are health problems related to obesity the surgery can also be performed. You cannot have gastric sleeve surgery if you are drug or alcohol addicted or have psychological problems.

How is gastric sleeve surgery performed?

The surgery is done using a laparoscopic technique under the general anaesthesia and lasts 1-2 hours. The surgeon will make 5 small incisions, through which he will insert the instruments. The surgeon will remove a part of the stomach and will create long vertical “sleeve” about the size of a banana.  

Is gastric sleeve a painful procedure?

No. The surgery is done under the general anaesthesia, which means that during it, you won’t feel anything.

How much is gastric sleeve surgery?

The price depends on where the clinic is situated. Prices for gastric sleeve surgery in Poland are much cheaper than in the UK or Germany. Below you will find a gastric sleeve price comparison. But the final price can be determined only after the consultation.


Can sleeve gastrectomy be covered by insurance?

Yes, often sleeve gastrectomy is covered by insurance. You need to contact your insurance company and ask them to provide you with all the details of your insurance plan.

Is gastric sleeve reversible?

No, the part of your stomach will be removed forever.

How much weight can I expect to lose with sleeve gastrectomy?

After sleeve gastrectomy in Poland, you can expect to lose 25 to 35 percent of your body weight or 50 to 70 percent of your excess body weight. You need to understand that after the surgery you have to follow the diet and exercise if you want your results to last.

How quickly will I lose my excess weight with gastric sleeve surgery?

It differs from patient to patient. Usually, most weight is lost 6 months after the surgery.  Most patients continue to lose weight 3 years after the surgery. But you need to understand that if you want to lose weight you need to eat healthily and to exercise.

Will my stomach stretch back to its original size after gastric sleeve in Poland?

Your stomach can never stretch back to original size. However, its size can increase if, after sleeve gastrectomy, you will continue to overeat.

How long will I be in the hospital after the gastric sleeve?

You should stay in the clinic for 2 days after the surgery. This time is needed for you to recover from anaesthesia and for the doctor to make sure that the surgery went well.

Will I need plastic surgery to remove the sagging skin?

The amount of excess skin, you will have after the gastric band surgery, depends on your weight loss, age, and habits. Only after the weight is lost you can see if you need to have plastic surgery or not. If you decide to have the surgery done you must have a stable weight for at least 3 months. We offer you to look for plastic surgery in Poland, as our surgeons can provide you with high-quality and cheap lipectomy in Poland.

How long should I stay in Poland after gastric sleeve surgery?

If you want to have gastric sleeve surgery done in Poland you need to come for at least 1 week. The first day you will have consultation and medical tests. The next day the surgery is performed. For the next 2 days, you should stay in the clinic where our English-speaking medical staff will take care of you. The rest of your stay you can spend in the hotel. The price of the gastric sleeve in Poland includes medical tests, consultation, surgery and stay in the clinic. We also can offer an all-inclusive package which includes consultation, medical tests, surgery, stay in the clinic, hotel stay and transfers during your stay.

Why does gastric sleeve fail?

There are a couple of reasons why gastric sleeve surgery can fail. It might be related to the procedure being performed incorrectly, hence it is important to choose the best clinic and experienced, respected surgeon. Also, the surgery itself is just the 1st step in losing weight and all post-operative instructions, diet, recovery steps must be followed by the patient. Only then, the desired results will be achieved. Nonetheless, if anything worrying happens, patients need to consult their surgeon because the surgery involves some degree of infections and complications.

Why gastric sleeve works?

Gastric sleeve surgery is one of the safest and most successful bariatric surgeries. If performed properly, it gives astonishing results (even 70% of excess weight). The patient needs to follow a healthy diet low in carbs and high in proteins and exercise regularly. All instructions given by the surgeon and dietician must be followed to make the surgery works.

What diet is recommended before gastric sleeve?

The special diet will be given to the patient by the surgeon but is important to change the diet even earlier before the planned surgery. Patients should eat 4-5 small portions (high in proteins and rich in vegetables) a day and drink at least 2 litres of fluids (including water, milk, tea, etc). Drinking alcohol should be ceased as early as possible. Also, it is valid to supplement vitamins and minerals and stay as active as possible.

Will I have a depression after gastric sleeve?

It is very individual. Some patients may feel worse due to the total change of their lifestyle. They need time to get used to it and if they cannot cope with that on their own, they should go to a specialist. Yet, most patients experience a positive change – they lose weight, are more active, have more confidence and more energy.

Will I have a headache after gastric sleeve?

Weight loss surgeries may cause severe headaches in some patients. If you have headaches that are more severe and occur more frequently than before surgery, it would be best if you visit your doctor and get a professional advice.

Which insurance covers gastric sleeve?

Bariatric surgeries are life-saving surgeries, so they can be covered by NHS or insurance. Nowadays, there are plenty of insurance companies that can cover weight loss surgery, including the gastric sleeve. You need to ask your agency if your agreement covers this type of surgery and whether you are qualified for getting the refund.

Where can I get affordable gastric sleeve surgery?

Gastric surgery price depends on the country. Nowadays, many people choose such destinations as Poland or Lithuania because the prices there are much cheaper than in the Western European countries. It allows saving even 60% of money.

Who qualifies for the gastric sleeve?

It is always the surgeon that qualifies a patient for gastric sleeve surgery. It takes place on the basis of the detailed medical interview and analysing the health condition.

Will gastric sleeve help fatty liver?

Yes, gastric sleeve allows for getting rid of fat on all organs, including liver. As a result, patients avoid many chronic diseases in the future or eliminate the diseases they have suffered.

Will gastric sleeve cure IBS?

Typically, patients who have undergone gastric sleeve procedure, note a significant improvement in IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). These patients have regular stools and problems like diarrhoea, loose stools or dry stools are eliminated.

Will gastric sleeve cure PCOS?

Gastric sleeve is not the cure for PCOS, however, it might cause life-changing results for women suffering from PCOS. The ovulation is normalized and pregnancy becomes possible.

Will gastric sleeve cure GERD?

Sleeve gastrectomy can aggravate GERD, so it is important that patients are under the constant control of their doctor.

Will gastric sleeve cure food addiction?

Food addiction is a psychological problem and cannot be eliminated by the gastric sleeve surgery. Yet, gastric sleeve helps a lot. Smaller stomach is a great tool that controls eating, but you must be careful not to eat compulsively or overeat. It might take a week, month or year before patients get rid of food addiction, but the sleeve is a perfect foundation for this.

Can gastric sleeve stretch my stomach?

The stomach stretches every time we eat and it will stretch because it is natural. But, you need to be aware of the fact that if you eat large amounts of food, you will not lose weight and will feel hunger more often. It is important to keep healthy and recommended diet after the surgery and then the stomach will stretch naturally and minimally.

Can gastric sleeve be redone?

Yes, in some revision gastric sleeve procedure is performed. Only the surgeon can decide about that, so if you do not lose weight for a long time after the 1st surgery, it would be best to visit the doctor and consider a revision surgery. Of course, the surgeon will first analyse the possible reasons of unsuccessfulness of the procedure and then will make the decision.

What should I do if gastric sleeve fails?

If it’s been year or more after the 1st procedure and there is no gain loss, a patient needs to consult the surgeon again. In this case, it is possible that a revision surgery is needed. It may be the gastric sleeve, but the doctor can advise any other bariatric surgery if he thinks it would be more effective for a patient.

In which cases the gastric sleeve does not work?

There are some contradictions to any bariatric surgery, including gastric sleeve. They include:

  • advanced neoplasia
  • unstable coronary artery disease
  • cognitive or mental impairment

Can gastric sleeve patients take tums?

Tums are high in calcium and their intake should be discussed with the surgeon. The surgeon will determine whether they are safe to take and what amount should not be exceeded a day.

Can gastric sleeve cause a hiatal hernia?

The gastric sleeve may cause a postoperative hiatal hernia, but it is an extremely rare type of complication after the surgery.

Can gastric sleeve patients take aspirin?

In general, gastric sleeve patients should avoid taking aspirin after the sleeve gastrectomy.

Can gastric sleeve cure diabetes?

After gastric sleeve surgery, patients lose weight and there are much positive change s in their gastrointestinal tract (it concerns especially hormones called incretins which cause the release of insulin). It leads to a significant improvement in type 2 diabetes and many a time makes that diabetes goes away.

Can gastric sleeve cause anaemia?

Some patients, especially women, may suffer from anaemia after gastric sleeve procedure. Nevertheless, it is not caused by the surgery directly, but more by the iron deficiency. Each patient should pay great attention to taking all the necessary vitamins and minerals. Also, gastric sleeve is the safest in this field out of other bariatric surgeries.

Can gastric sleeve patients drink alcohol?

Patients should cease drinking alcohol after bariatric surgery at all. Yet, it can be difficult and from time to time people can allow for a small amount of alcohol, but they need to remember about a few things:
alcohol must be totally excluded during the rapid weight loss phase (usually first 6 months)
being mindful as the body may react to alcohol in a totally different way than before the surgery
taking vitamins that alcohol tends to absorb.

Can gastric sleeve patients take tramadol?

Taking tramadol after gastric sleeve surgery needs to be discussed with the surgeon. By no means should patients take this medication on their own?

Can gastric sleeve patients take gummy vitamins?

Gummy vitamins are not allowed after gastric sleeve procedure. These vitamins contain sugar and are usually poor in vitamins. It is better to choose regular vitamins recommended by the doctor.

Can gastric sleeve patients take Advil?

Most doctors do not recommend Advil after gastric sleeve surgery. In general, patients should not take any anti-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs including Advil, Ibuprofen, Aspirin, Naprosyn or Celebrex. These medications can increase the risk of ulcers developing which is more difficult to treat and even diagnose after weight loss surgery. Yet, some doctors allow patients to take some doses of these meds. So, the best would be consulting the surgeon and ask for the opinion.

Can gastric sleeve patients take garcinia cambogia?

Usually, surgeons do not recommend taking garcinia cambogia after gastric sleeve. The pills can influence metabolism in a bad way. Instead, patients should increase water intake, daily activity, keep a recommended diet and then, there will be no need to take this supplement.

Can gastric sleeve patients eat bread?

After gastric sleeve, patients should avoid eating bread due to its starchy nature. Bread can block a stoma (a hole made to the pouch is a new stomach). Especially in the first months, patients should refrain from eating bread at all, but later they can introduce small portions and eat slowly with small bites. Introducing bread to the diet should be discussed with the dietician so that a patient is sure it will not influence a weight loss process.

Can gastric sleeve patients eat pasta?

Introducing pasta to the diet after the gastric sleeve is possible not earlier that after 6 months. Pasta, bread or rice have starchy nature, so there is a risk of blocking a stoma (a hole to the pouch that is a new stomach). Patients need to consult a dietician before implementing pasta.

Can gastric sleeve surgery cause cancer?

No, the gastric sleeve itself does not cause cancer. On the contrary, it can even reduce the possibility of some types of cancer.

Can gastric sleeve patients eat salad?

Yes, they can.

Can gastric sleeve be done twice?

Yes, gastric sleeve surgery can be done for the second time if needed.

Is gastric sleeve safe?

Any bariatric surgery is a life-saving procedure and involves some risk as any other surgery. Gastric sleeve is one of the safest bariatric surgeries where deaths are extremely rare. If the surgery is performed by an experienced professional, the degree of later complications and infections is also reduced to a minimum. After the surgery, there might happen just minor annoyances as well as life-alerting problems, so patients should not ignore any worrying signals.

slim belly after gastric sleeve

What is gastric sleeve revision?

Gastric sleeve revision is a second surgery which is performed in case of unsuccessful initial sleeve gastrectomy. It is done when a patient experiences insufficient weight loss after 1st surgery.

What is gastric sleeve dumping?

Dumping is a syndrome that may occur after the gastric sleeve surgery. It is called also a rapid gastric emptying because the undigested food is winding up in a small intestine too fast. It is caused by food that is too fatty and rich in sugar. Usually, it is enough to change the diet to eliminate this problem, but if it does not help, the visit to the GB would be vital. Dumping after gastric sleeve occurs rarely comparing to other weight loss surgeries.

Can I have the gastric sleeve with a cold?

It depends. If you have also fever and take medications, the doctor may postpone the surgery until you are healthy. Yet, sometimes just a cold is not a factor in the gastric sleeve. You must let your surgeon know about any health issue, even cold, and he will decide whether to perform the surgery.

Can I undergo gastric sleeve having Crohn disease?

Crohn disease is no contradiction in performing sleeve gastrectomy for patients with a morbid obesity.

Can gastric sleeve be replaced by a duodenal switch?

Duodenal switch is a combination of the gastric sleeve and gastric bypass. This surgery can be performed after primary gastric sleeve surgery.

Can gastric sleeve help for gastroparesis?

Gastric sleeve usually helps patients with gastroparesis. After the procedure, nausea and vomiting cease and patients can eat and drink without any feeling of discomfort. Nowadays, the studies are still being carried out in this field, but by all means, gastric sleeve alleviates gastroparesis.

Can I get pregnant after gastric sleeve?

Women, by all means, could get pregnant after gastric sleeve surgery. It is recommended to wait at least 18 months before trying for the baby. It would be best if firstly women normalise their weight, hormones, diet and general lifestyle so that they feel well and their health is a good condition. After achieving it, pregnancy is of course possible.

Can gastric sleeve put my weight back on?

However gastric sleeve surgery is generally successful, sometimes patients put on weight after the procedure. It is vital to find out the reason for this situation. If a patient strictly follows all recommendations of the doctor and dietician and still gains weight, the visit at the doctor’s is inevitable. It could be possible that the type of bariatric surgery was not chosen correctly and some revision surgery could be necessary.

Can I drink coffee after gastric sleeve?

There are no contradictions to drinking coffee after gastric sleeve. It serves as a hot beverage and hunger suppressant. Patients just need to be careful about the amount they intake every day. It is ok to drink a cup of coffee, but larger amounts can cause some risk and absorb important vitamins – just like in case of any other person.

If you still have questions – contact us!

Justyna Zastapilo

Justyna is a very open person and likes to talk to people. That's why she decided to become a patient adviser. She has comprehensive knowledge about medical procedures performed abroad.
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