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Gastric Sleeve

What is a gastric sleeve?

Gastric sleeve surgery, also known as sleeve gastrectomy, is weight loss surgery that has dramatically increased in popularity over recent years.

Gastric sleeve is a restrictive procedure where the capacity of your stomach is dramatically reduced by about 75% in order to aid substantial long-term weight loss. As a result, your overall health usually improves too.

How does a gastric sleeve work?

A gastric sleeve works by permanently removing a large portion of your stomach. As the capacity of your stomach is vastly reduced, it can only hold a small portion of food. You will feel full after eating much less food and be less hungry between meals.

Why choose Iran for my gastric sleeve?

While the quality and efficacy of gastric sleeve surgeries done in Iran as well as the patient satisfaction rate are very high, the cost of a gastric sleeve in Iran is among the lowest in the world.

A quick Google search of ‘gastric sleeve cost , will show you that by having a gastric sleeve surgery done in Iran, you can save up to 80% of your budget. The average cost of a gastric sleeve surgery in Iran is currently around $3800. we offer gastric sleeve surgery with the best bariatric surgeons in Tehran, Mashhad, and Shiraz for less than $4000 , including all costs (doctor’s and clinic’s fees, anesthesia cost, and pre-op tests and consultation) as well as, hotel, visa, transfer, airport pick-up, interpreter, and post-op support.

Weight loss surgeries offered by Prime Persia are all performed by the most experienced and reputable bariatric surgeons in Iran who are all board-certified and have passed advanced fellowships in bariatric and laparoscopic surgery.

The hospitals Prime Persia’s patients are treated at are among the most highly rated in Iran. They enjoy International Patients Departments (IPDs) which offer VIP services to foreign patients and their companions.

How is a Sleeve Gastrectomy performed?

Our weight loss surgeons do two types of gastric sleeve surgeries:

Mini sleeve (knowns as ‘wide sleeve’in Iran): 60% of the stomach is removed and it is suitable for people with a BMI between 32 and 35.
Normal sleeve (known as ‘tight sleeve’in Iran): 80% of the stomach is removed and it is suitable for people with a BMI between 35 and 50.
Our professional teams of bariatric surgery perform the gastric sleeve surgery using the minimally-invasive laparoscopic method, under general anesthesia. The operation takes about 2 hours and it is performed in hospitals authorized by the Ministry of Health and Medical Education of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The patient typically needs to stay in the hospital for one night or two, during which he/she is carefully taken care of by the supportive nursing staff of the hospital. Our hospitals provide VIP services to international patients and their companions coming from abroad, including convenient accommodations in the hospital.

Advantages of GASTRIC SLEEVE

Gastric sleeve surgery is a very effective weight loss treatment that yields a highly satisfactory result. Studies have found that gastric sleeve surgery is also very effective in combating chronic diseases associated with obesity, such as diabetes and hypertension. A study of outcomes of laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy as a primary procedure for morbid obesity during a course of five years has shown that diabetes remitted in 75% of the patients and arterial hypertension improved in 71.7%.

Other advantages of gastric sleeve surgery are as follows:

Apart from reducing the size of the stomach, a gastric sleeve also makes hormonal changes that will lead to decreased appetite.
Unlike the gastric bypass, a gastric sleeve does not alter the normal function of the stomach, i.e. the anatomy of the digestive system will be preserved.
Unlike malabsorptive bariatric surgeries such as gastric bypass that reduce the absorption of nutrients by bypassing a portion of the intestine, the gastric sleeve does not impact the absorption of nutrients.
Unlike the gastric banding and gastric balloon, no external device is inserted into the body.
The surgery is performed using laparoscopy, thus it will be a painless operation.
A gastric sleeve surgery takes a short time (about 2 hours)
The recovery is very quick and the patient will typically be up and around on the day of surgery. Most patients are able to walk the day after surgery.
Since the appetite will shrink to a great degree, the process of weight loss will not be a daunting challenge. (However, people should avoid high-calorie foods after the surgery and follow a healthy diet so that not to regain weight.)
A future endoscopic check-up will be possible for the stomach and intestines.


After deciding to have bariatric surgery, you may remain uncertain as to which type of surgery to go for, especially between the two more popular ones, i.e. gastric sleeve and gastric bypass.

Each type of weight loss surgery has its own advantages and disadvantages. Considering all the benefits and drawback of gastric sleeve and gastric bypass surgery, you will be able to opt for one of them.

But this is not the whole story. You should consult with your surgeon and discuss your health issues and your desired results in order to make a more informed decision. Our medical consultants are always ready to give you a free consultation with regards to this issue.

Similarities between gastric sleeve and gastric bypass

Gastric bypass and sleeve are similar in a number of aspects, which are as follows:

In both procedures, the patient should stay in the hospital for 2-3 days after surgery.
They are both not reversible.
Both methods work by curbing your appetite, though in different ways.
The recovery time for both procedures is 2-4 weeks.
Both are very effective weight loss methods.

Differences between gastric sleeve and gastric bypass

Gastric sleeve and gastric bypass are different in several ways.

The procedures are completely different (read about gastric bypass surgery).
Gastric sleeve is usually recommended for patients with a BMI over 35 but gastric bypass usually is recommended for very obese patients with a BMI of over 45.
Gastric sleeve does not change the normal function of the digestive system, but gastric bypass does.
Gastric bypass is a malabsorptive bariatric surgery, which means it reduces the absorption of nutrients by bypassing a portion of the intestine, while sleeve gastrectomy does not affect the absorption of nutrients.

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