is gastric sleeve surgery safe

Is Gastric Sleeve Surgery Safe?

When considering Gastric Sleeve, or any major surgery for that matter, it’s normal to have some concerns over safety. Gastric Sleeve is a minimally invasive surgery, meaning our surgeons use techniques that cause less damage to the body. Bariatric surgery is one of the safest procedures to undergo. It has been deemed safe or even less risky than other elective surgeries.

Is Gastric Sleeve Surgery safe? Since the procedure was first performed, gastric sleeve has only become safer for patients. The risk of an incident both immediately after and long-term post surgery is very low, studies show. Compared to other weight loss surgeries, gastric sleeve is less complex to perform and is associated with lower morbidity and mortality rates than other weight loss surgeries.

Obesity vs. Weight Loss Surgery


A significant number of weight loss surgery patients have additional health conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and sleep apnea. These comorbidities are often linked to obesity, which itself poses a risk of premature death. However, the risks associated with obesity often outweigh those associated with bariatric surgery.

Our patients have experienced a remarkable change in their health. Gastric sleeve surgery leads to significant weight loss, which can effectively combat high blood pressure, reverse Type 2 diabetes, and eliminate sleep apnea, ultimately promoting a longer and healthier life.

Gastric Sleeve vs. Gastric Bypass

Research has shown that gastric sleeve is safer than gastric bypass in the long-term, as it is associated with a lower risk of mortality, and complications. You can learn more here about the differences between these two weight loss surgeries. 

With all this said, any surgery that is performed will carry risks, just from the anesthesia alone. However, at 360 Sleeve, safety is our top priority. We take all necessary precautions to reduce the chances of complications from occurring.

Our Team and Gastric Sleeve Safety Process

Our bariatric care team prioritizes safety from consultation to aftercare. By properly vetting all gastric sleeve candidates, we help increase the procedure’s safety and reduce risks. This is why you are obligated to meet certain requirements, and have bloodwork completed by an ECG prior to surgery.

In addition, we require a pre-op appointment with our anesthesiologist to assess your medical history to ensure your health is optimal for the surgery.

On the day of your surgery, you will be in the best of hands with our surgical team. Dr. Kashif Irshad is triple board certified with 15 years of experience performing bariatric surgery. In 2009, he pioneered the gastric sleeve at William Osler Health System where he is the Chief of Thoracic and Foregut Surgery. Dr. Pavi Kundhal is a specialist in minimally invasive surgeries and a SCOPE Certified Specialist in Obesity Medicine with 12-plus years of experience in bariatric surgery. 

Our highly experienced bariatric surgeons have performed hundreds of gastric sleeve procedures, reducing surgical complications and improving outcomes. With experience working in some of Toronto’s busiest emergency rooms, our bariatric nurses provide valuable support for our surgeons.

Following your surgery, you will recover in our fully equipped medical facility to be monitored for any complications.

Our Surgical Facility

At 360 Sleeve, our bariatric team operates out of our state-of-the-art medical facility. Our 10,000 sq ft facility combines both safety and luxury to provide you with the utmost comfort.
If you have any concerns, speak with our highly experienced Toronto gastric sleeve surgery surgeons. Our knowledgeable care team is ready to inform and support you throughout your weight loss journey. Take the first step towards a healthier you by booking your free consultation today.

Discover how gastric sleeve surgery by our highly experienced Toronto surgeons has supported our patients on their weight-loss journey. Get in touch with us for more information on gastric sleeve or to book your free consultation.