Gastric Sleeve Surgery
Gastric sleeve surgery doesn’t’ have to be difficult. Gastric sleeve, or sleeve gastrectomy, is the most common bariatric procedure in the United States.
Essentially, the procedure changes the body’s metabolism by removing a large portion of the stomach. This, in turn, reduces the food/caloric intake and the production of the hunger-stimulating hormone, ghrelin. The digestive tract is not altered, so digestion occurs normally.
Initially, patients are restricted to a liquid diet for the first couple of weeks after surgery. Gradually, soft and solid foods are introduced and a normal, healthy diet is resumed in about two months.
Being overweight or obese is hard enough. Excessive weight is associated with many serious health conditions such as:
+ Type 2 diabetes
+ High blood pressure
+ Heart disease
+ Several forms of cancer
+ Sleep apnea
+ And more
And then there are the psychosocial burdens that overweight individuals face:
+ Stigma and discrimination
+ Low self-esteem
+ Substance abuse
+ And more
We understand. We can help. Bariatric surgery, such as gastric sleeve, is an effective means to long-term weight loss – and a healthier, happier you.
“I became fascinated in this procedure because of all the positive impacts. Patients take off more than weight. Their lives take off. They gain more confidence. Engage more in life. Need fewer medications. They save their heart, their lungs. It truly is life changing and wonderful to see.” — Alvaro Garcia, M.D.
Dr. Garcia performs the procedure using the latest technological advancement – the da Vinci robotic system. Robotic surgery requires smaller incisions than traditional, open surgery resulting in:
+ Shorter hospital stay.
+ Shorter recovery time
+ Less pain
+ Fewer, smaller scars
+ Reduced blood los
Robotic Gastric Sleeve
Alvaro Garcia, M.D. is a board certified surgeon specializing in robotic and laparoscopic procedures proudly serving South Florida. Below are some of the highlights of why our Gastric Sleeve Program stands out from our competitors.
#1 > The Way to Weight-Loss
Dr. Garcia and his team provide everything you need to embark on your weight-loss journey:
+ Consultation and information to help you decide if surgery is right for you
+ Nutrition guidance for lifelong healthy eating habits
+ Psychology counseling to set you up for success
+ Insurance review to help you make sense of your health insurance coverage and prerequisites
+ Self-pay options including convenient financing.
+ Surgery at a state-of-the-art hospital — Broward Health Coral Springs
+ Post-surgery nutrition /exercise /weigh follow up for one year ( Phone app)
#2 > Yes I Can! Self-Pay Package. Starting at $12,650Some patients don’t have insurance coverage for bariatric procedures. Others have insurance, but don’t want to use it because of the lengthy approval process. Either way, you can take advantage of our all-inclusive self-pay package. Yes I Can!TM empowers you to invest in your health and includes: + Surgeon consultation + Nutrition counseling + Psychological evaluation + Standard pre-op testing (some patients may require additional testing not included) + Gastric sleeve procedure + Hospital stay (up to 2 nights) + Five post-op surgeon and dietician visits within the first year of surgery You can choose a lump-sum, cash payment or convenient monthly payments through one of our financial partners experienced in helping people just like you:
#3 > Broward Health Coral Springs Hospital
The place to be for bariatric surgery. Gastric sleeve procedures are performed at the recently renovated Broward Health Coral Springs hospital – one of south Florida’s premier institutions for bariatric surgery.
The hospital features state-of-the operating rooms. Highly trained staff, including specialized robotics teams. And spacious patient rooms that look and feel more like hotel rooms, right down to the large, flat-screen TV, spa inspired en-suite bathroom and beautiful views overlooking nature.
In short, it’s the expert healthcare and exceptional comfort you deserve.
#4 > Nutritional support via App ( Go Further)
+ Activity and Exercise Tracker Compatible with iWatch and Weight tracker
+ App Android or IOS
+ Nutrition Counseling Online
+ Food Tracker
+ Cooking Ideas
+ On line Groups
#5 > Psychological Evaluation
We want you to feel prepared for your new life style…
+ Counselor specialized on weight-loss surgery evaluations and pre- and post-surgical support
+ Psychological assessments that helps prepare the patient for their journey to living a healthier lifestyle.
+ Counselor offers ongoing support for the weight-loss surgery patient through personalized pre- and post-surgical treatment.
#6 > Informational Session
Learn all about the surgery and the benefits that comes with it by joining Dr. Garcia for his Free Weekly Seminar.
Thank you, Dr. Garcia, for the fantastic bariatric surgery. Three weeks ago, I had surgery, and everything went well, with no pain and a good recovery. I received support and trust from Dr. Garcia, who explained the health benefits bariatric surgery will bring to my life. He took the time to explain every detail of the process. I also received tremendous support from his office staff. I am forever thankful for bringing my confidence and my health back. I definitely recommend Dr. Garcia.Sandra Feliciano
When I found Dr. Alvaro Garcia through the internet in my intense search for advice from the best doctors in South Florida who are performing the surgical intervention I needed. The first thing that caught my attention was that he is a board-certified surgeon and his extensive preparation, beginning at the Universidad Central de Venezuela, Yale, and Georgetown, including the many patient reviews of his non-invasive interventions. I had many questions about Gastric Sleeve Surgery, which were answered in detail in my first appointment with Dr. Garcia. Other doctors, I had seen before just chatted and explained my questions to me in less than 10 mins and then sent me to the nurse on duty. Dr. Garcia spent about one hour explaining to me the benefits and risks of the gastric sleeve procedure in detail, which I valued a lot when choosing him for my procedure. My gastric sleeve bariatric surgery was a complete success, my recovery was super fast and today, after one month of surgery and following the program's dietary recommendations, I have lost 16 pounds and I feel super healthy. The good pre-operative and post-operative care of the doctor, and the care of his team for his patients are among other things that make him an expert in his profession. Once again, thank you Dr. Garcia and his staff.Ligia Carvallo
When I first went to see Dr. Garcia, I was not in a good place. Dr. Garcia took the time to listen to my concerns and provided a solution. After my first visit with him, I was optimistic! Dr. Garcia has been the most attentive and caring doctor that I've ever seen. Not only is he an excellent surgeon but he truly cares about his patients. The follow up has been superb and his office staff is the BEST (shout out to Liz & Barbara). I thank Dr. Garcia for helping change my life in so many ways. I highly recommend Dr. Garcia for his specialty services, as there is no other like him! Thank you, again, Dr. Garcia!Deysi Sanchez
I was suffering from a bilateral hernia and searched for a professional to address my issue. I was on-line and checking reviews. I found Doctor Garcia and utilized his service. He and his staff members are personable and they provided me with an atmosphere of comfort. His skills performing surgery are amazing. I will definitely refer any family or friends who would be in need of his services. Blessings to you and your staff.Danny Rodriguez
Dr Garcia and his staff are top notch. From my very first visit I have been treated like a VIP. My surgery was virtually painless and I have my life back. I am a tennis coach and had resigned to think that I will never play again. Thanks to Dr. Garcia I will be back and better than ever very soon. Thank you!!!!!Scott Smashey
General & Bariatric Surgery of South Florida accepts a wide range of health insurances.