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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

  • Time to seriously consider the ESG (non-surgical sleeve)Martyn Berrett The surgeon who pioneered the ESG procedure here in the UK visited our office to update us on the latest developments with this new and exciting procedure. 29 September 2018 12:00am
  • ESG or Gastric SleeveMartyn Berrett Whether to have the ESG or the gastric sleeve is a choice that patients are having to make in ever growing numbers. 29 June 2018 12:00am
  • 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. 20 June 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 24Some useful food ideas from nurse Maxine
  • Week 25Laura gets her steps in on her trip to London and the snacking makes a return!
  • Week 26Laura hits the 6 month mark and gets more helpful advice from our nursing team
  • Week 27Laura is getting comfortable with the foods she can and can't tolerate
  • Week 28This week is looking positive for Laura as she gets her eating back under control after a week off
  • Week 29So as predicted I did gain a couple of extra pounds but it wasn't anything disastrous so I'm pretty happy with that. My fridge and snack tub is full...
  • Week 30So I'm not really sure on what's happened with my weight as I've lost what I put on over Christmas plus an extra 2lb but the actual amount I'm unsure...
  • Week 31This week was a rather quiet week. Not loving the cold dark weather and longing for some warmth and sunshine! I find myself getting ready for bed...
  • Week 32Having had my band filled I've had a quiet week, 3 days of fluids, which I found really hard d this time, and 3 days soft foods, which I'm finding...
  • Week 33I have been more aware of what I'm eating this week and making better food choices. I've tried to plan my meals so the whole family are joining in. I...
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