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 that our surgeons use techniques that result in less damage to the body. In fact, bariatric surgery has been found to be one of the safest procedures to undergo and has been deemed safe or even safer when compared to other elective surgeries.

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

Many weight loss surgery patients present with comorbidities (additional diseases or conditions) such as high blood pressure, diabetes and sleep apnea. Living with obesity and its associated health issues – including the increased likelihood of premature death – provides risks that, in many ways, outweigh the risks linked to bariatric surgery. 

With the help of our experienced care team who are Canadian surgical leaders in gastric sleeve, our patients have seen a significant improvement in their overall health. The drastic weight loss that follows gastric sleeve surgery can help improve high blood pressure, reverse Type 2 diabetes, and eliminate sleep apnea, leading to a longer and healthier life.

Gastric Sleeve vs. Gastric Bypass

When comparing two of the most common bariatric surgeries, gastric sleeve and gastric bypass, research has shown that gastric sleeve is safer in the long-term for patients as it is associated with a lower risk of mortality, complications, and overall reintervention 5 years after surgery. 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 bariatric team is highly qualified and experienced to provide you with the highest standard of care. 

Our Team and Gastric Sleeve Safety Process

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

Additionally, a pre-op appointment is scheduled with our anesthesiologist for a better understanding of your medical history so that we may address any health concerns that may come up to ensure you receive a comfortable and safe experience. 

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 before bringing his unique skill set to 360 Sleeve. 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 surgeries, improving outcomes and reducing the likelihood of surgical complications. Our surgeons are supported by a team of bariatric nurses who have not only bariatric-specific expertise but have also worked in some of Toronto’s busiest emergency rooms.

Following your surgery, you will stay overnight at 360 Sleeve in our fully equipped medical facility to be monitored for any complications by our bariatric care team.

Our Facility

At 360 Sleeve, our bariatric team operates out of our very own state-of-the-art medical facility. Our 10,000 sq ft facility combines both safety and luxury so as to provide you with the utmost satisfaction and well-being during and after your surgery. 
If you have any concerns, it is always beneficial to speak with our highly experienced Toronto gastric sleeve surgery specialists as 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.