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Sleeve Pro Blog

Welcome to the Sleeve Pro blog

In over 15 years in clinic we've met tens of thousands of patients, many of whom are interested in the gastric sleeve (laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy) procedure. During those 15 years gastric sleeve has developed into the fastest growing weight loss surgery procedure in the world, having overtaken gastric band and gastric bypass. Through those thousands of sleeve consultations we've found that it is probably least understood procedure, and generally speaking we've found it to be over simplified.

This 'Sleeve Pro' blog is our response to patients' feedback that it's hard to find good, reliable information about the sleeve. In this series of blogs your Sleeve Pro will give you the inside track on everything you need to know about the gastric sleeve, including answers to your questions. From patient experiences, to surgical developments, to detailed technical information, you'll find it all here. If there is something missing that you want to see, just ask and the Sleeve Pro will provide it!

General weight loss news

  • Gastric Sleeve in the NHSMartyn Berrett Gastric sleeve surgery is now the dominant bariatric surgery procedure in the NHS and across the world. It's grown very popular over the last few years. It has advantages over the gastric and gastric sleeve that have enabled it to achieve primacy. 28 February 2018 2:17pm
  • Why Are Gastric Sleeves So Expensive?Martyn Berrett It's a question I hear a lot from people who are thinking about a gastric band or gastric sleeve surgery. The gastric sleeve is usually about £4,000 more expensive than the gastric band. 21 May 2018 12:00pm
  • The Diabetes ProblemMartyn Berrett I was not surprised when I saw in the news that the number of patients in the UK with diabetes has doubled to 3.7 million in the last 20 years. Diabetes really is an awful disease that causes blindness, stroke, cardiovascular disease, kidney failure... 17 May 2018 12:00pm
  • Bypass Surgery and Home the Same Day!Martyn Berrett An NHS Trust in London has taken the bold step of starting to do gastric bypass procedures as day cases, that means you are admitted on the morning and go home in the afternoon. 07 May 2018 12:00pm
  • Gold Medal for ObesityMartyn Berrett A report by the OECD, looking at rates of obesity in the developed world showed 27% of UK adults are clinically obese. Also, the rate is rising faster than for any other country in Western Europe. 01 May 2018 12:00pm
  • Another Day Another Story About ObesityMartyn Berrett The people at Cancer Research have published a study that shows that obesity is now the second largest preventable cause of cancer behind smoking. 10 April 2018 12:00pm
  • Am I Eligible for a Gastric Sleeve?Martyn Berrett Find out now if your eligible for a gastric sleeve. You'll be eligible for a gastric sleeve if you are able to answer yes to the following questions. 05 April 2018 12:00pm
  • Do I need to stop smoking when I have gastric sleeve surgery?Martyn Berrett The purpose of this blog is not to lecture. Like any responsible healthcare organisation, we encourage patients to stop smoking. We know that's unrealistic for some people and we don't preach about it. 04 April 2018 12:00pm
  • Will my weight loss surgery turn me into an alcoholic or drug addict ?Martyn Berrett You may have read the news recently about weight loss surgery patients being at higher risk of drug and alcohol addiction after their surgery. A recent article in the Daily Mail made reference to research at Queen Mary University in London that... 03 April 2018 12:00pm
  • Why the sleeve is the dominant weight loss procedureMartyn Berrett In this, the first Sleeve Pro blog, we explain why the sleeve has become the dominant weight loss surgery procedure in the NHS, in fact in the whole western world. The sleeve has 3 main attractions that, when combined, make it hard to resist 28 February 2018 2:17pm
  • Why do sleeves cost more than gastric bands?Martyn Berrett It's a fair question. When most patients compare the band and the sleeve one of the attractions of the sleeve is that it is lower maintenance and requires fewer visit to the post-op clinic. So, shouldn't it be cheaper than the band? 28 February 2018 2:17pm

More of our blogs

  • Week 14Laura is noticing that her appetite has shrunk and her portions are getting smaller.
  • Week 13It's adjustment time for Laura. Read about this weeks challenges and successes..
  • Week 12The back to school season approaches for Laura and her children, so shopping trips are an essential! How will she resist the temptation of on the go...
  • Week 11The past couple of weeks have taken a toll on Laura's eating.
  • Week 10Laura learns more about emotional eating and how to control it.
  • Week 9Laura is still struggling after lasts week's emotional event sets her back.
  • Week 8It's a difficult week for Laura as she loses someone very close to her.
  • Week 7This week Laura documents the experience of her first fill..
  • We talk to gastric sleeve success story ChrisChris lost an incredible amount of weight with a gastric sleeve from Healthier Weight. Read his interview here...
  • We talk to gastric band patient ArifArif tells us about his journey with a gastric band, one year on.
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