If you have at least 50-75 pounds to lose (BMI >30-35), gastric sleeve surgery might be the ideal solution to help you transform your life!

To learn more about gastric sleeve surgery and whether it’s right for you, attend a free, no-obligation educational consultation with Dr. Oliak in Brea or Irvine. To schedule, call or send us a contact form today!

Gastric sleeve Orange County

Gastric Sleeve Surgery Can Transform Your Life

Gastric sleeve surgery (also known as sleeve gastrectomy, vertical sleeve gastrectomy, VSG) can help you achieve long-term weight loss success and transform your life.*

Dr. Oliak frequently tells patients that, in his experience, weight loss after surgery pretty much makes everything better. Medical problems improve, energy improves, sleep improves, mobility improves, pain decreases, happiness and wellbeing improve.* Patients become more able to be active with their kids and families.*

Plus, studies say that patients develop fewer medical problems and live longer after weight loss surgery!*

What’s not to like!

Well, the negatives are that surgery has risk, and doing well requires work on the part of the patient. But, with a quality surgeon (like Dr. Oliak!), a quality program (like ours!), and a willingness to do the work, your can minimize risk and maximize the likelihood for getting a great long-term weight loss outcome.*

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How Gastric Sleeve Works

Gastric sleeve surgery works by restricting food intake and by changing the biology that regulates bodyweight. This biology is what makes weight loss without surgery virtually impossible to achieve and maintain.

Sleeve gastrectomy surgery changes this biology. In effect, surgery resets the bodyweight “set-point” to a lower weight. This enables patients to feel much more satisfied with eating much smaller food portions. This is the “magic” for why weight loss surgery works so well (read more).*

The challenge is that gastric sleeve surgery doesn’t change the reasons for why weight gain can occur. Consuming excess calories can cause weight regain after surgery, as it could cause weight gain before surgery.

The keys to long-term success after gastric sleeve surgery:*

  • Getting a quality operation
  • Establishing appropriate eating/exercise habits after surgery

In Dr. Oliak’s experience, success can be attributed 50% to the surgeon and program (good surgery, good patient care – education, follow-up, support), and 50% to the patient (good eating/exercise habits).*

Gastric Sleeve Weight Loss

Weight loss after gastric sleeve surgery is generally fast and dramatic, and occurs over 1-1.5 years.

Gastric sleeve patients lose, according to published studies, an average of 55-60% of their excess weight after surgery, and maintain, on average, most of their initial weight loss long-term.*

Some surgeons and programs (like ours) report better weight loss averages than 55-60% of excess weight (some report worse). Our gastric sleeve patients lose an average of 74-77% of their excess weight.*

Variation in average weight loss results between different surgeons and programs occurs in large part because of differences in how surgeons and programs do surgery and patient care.*

Gastric Sleeve Weight Loss

Sleeve Gastrectomy Risks

Sleeve gastrectomy is considered a safe operation, but complications can occur.

Early Complications – Leak
Leak is the most feared potential early complication after gastric sleeve surgery. A leak is a hole that develops along the line of division on the stomach, generally early after surgery before the line of division has completely healed.

Leaks are generally technical in nature, meaning they occur because of how the operations are done. A surgeon’s leak rate, in Dr. Oliak’s view, is an excellent measure of surgeon quality. Surgeon leak rates vary, according to the published literature, from 0% to 7% (Dr. Oliak’s leak rate is 0%).*

Late Complications – Acid Reflux
Acid reflux/gerd is the primary potential long-term complication after gastric sleeve surgery. When acid reflux/gerd does occur after surgery, symptoms usually (not always) can be easily controlled with medication.

The acid reflux/gerd rate after gastric sleeve surgery, according to the published literature, is highly variable between individual surgeons. This suggests that surgical technique, like for leak, determines the risk for acid reflux/gerd.

In Dr. Oliak’s experience, acid reflux/gerd risk can be minimized with quality surgery (our rate is low), but not completely eliminated.*

Sleeve Gastrectomy Risks


Why Choose Dr. Oliak?

Simple – better outcomes! Dr. Oliak’s relentless focus on providing excellent surgery and patient care has resulted in a track record of great patient outcomes.* His weight loss and complication statistics (3000 operations since 2002) rank among the best in the weight loss surgery field.* And, when it comes to your health and wellbeing, what is more important than that?

Our Outcomes

The Sleeve Gastrectomy Operation

Sleeve gastrectomy (i.e. gastric sleeve, vertical sleeve, vsg) involves surgically removing a large portion of the stomach, to reduce stomach volume substantially.

The gastric sleeve operation is done laparoscopically or robotically, typically using 5 small incisions. The operation usually takes 1.5-2 hours. Patients are generally discharged home from the hospital the day after surgery.

The specific details of the operation, such as the dimensions and volume the sleeve is made to be, are not standardized. Because of this, there is significant variation in how the operation is done from surgeon to surgeon.

Dr. Oliak does the gastric sleeve operation by using specific measurements to create a sleeve with very exact dimensions and volume. Dr. Oliak typically reduces the volume of the stomach from approximately 30-40 ounces to 3.5-4 ounces. Over time, the gastric sleeve expands to approximately 6-8 ounces in volume.

Watch a gastric sleeve operation

Sleeve Gastrectomy Recovery

Because the gastric sleeve operation is minimally invasive, recovery is generally rapid. Patients typically are discharged from the hospital the day after surgery, and return to work in 1-2 weeks.

Gastric sleeve Orange County patients remain on a liquid diet for 2-3 weeks after surgery, and then slowly transition onto progressively more solid foods.

Sleeve Gastrectomy Patient Care – Education, Follow-Up, Support

Good patient care helps to ensure a successful outcome. Surgery is a tool for weight loss, and patient education, follow-up, and support help patients to use the surgical tool effectively.

Dr. Oliak prioritizes thorough education both before and after surgery, frequent follow-up for the first 6-12 months after surgery, and ongoing support.

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Gastric Sleeve Surgery Orange County – Am I a Candidate?

Gastric sleeve surgery Orange County candidates must be at least 50-100 pounds overweight (BMI 30 or greater), and have tried and failed to lose weight and keep it off.

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Gastric Sleeve for BMI 30-35

Insurance companies are more restrictive. Candidates for gastric sleeve surgery Orange County generally must have either a BMI of >40, or a BMI of 35-40 with other medical problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or sleep apnea.

Insurance companies often also have additional requirements, such as the completion of a 3-month or 6-month medically supervised weight loss program prior to surgery.

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* Patient outcomes vary after weight loss surgery. Individual patient results can be better or worse than the average.

  • 1-2hours
    typical surgery duration*
  • 1day
    typical hospital stay*
  • 1-2weeks
    typical return to work*

Gastric Sleeve before & after

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  • Alan
  • Procedure: Gastric Sleeve
  • Weight Lost: 115 lbs
  • Excess Weight Lost: 91%
  • Disclaimer: Individual results vary
My weight loss journey has completely changed my life. I feel so much better going out and spending time with…
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