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Nobilis Health’s Dallas ASC is One of Few Facilities Performing Same Day Gastric Sleeves.

February 19, 2014

Fast Track Sleeve Gastrectomies

Today sleeve gastrectomy is the fastest growing weight loss surgery option in North America and Asia. Northstar Healthcare Surgery Center-Dallas (NHSCD) started their bariatric program last September and is already one of the few facilities in the nation that is successfully performing same day gastric sleeves. From September to January, NHSCD has performed 222 gastric sleeves ; 87% of  which were discharged the same day.

Northstar Healthcare Surgery Center- Dallas

Nobilis Surgery Center- Dallas


The gastric sleeve procedure, also known as sleeve gastrectomy, is often an option for people who are obese and are not eligible to safely have other bariatric procedures. A sleeve gastrectomy is a weight-loss procedure in which the stomach is reduced to about 25% of its original size, by surgical removal of a large portion of the stomach along the greater curvature. The result is a sleeve or tube like structure. The procedure permanently reduces the size of the stomach and is irreversible.

Gastric Sleeve

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Before the gastric sleeve procedure, the patient is advised and given instructions by NHSCH staff about pre and post operation procedures. Once the patient have arrived and have been prepped, the surgeons are able to complete the surgery quickly; usually less than an hour. After surgery, the patient is started on liquids, incentive spirometry (deep breathing exercises) and movement within the recovery room.  He/she is then encouraged to ambulate frequently once out of recovery and to sit upright as much as possible. The nurse practitioners or physicians give the patient anti-nausea medication, which is ordered before the patient arrives, to aggressively fight nausea.  Post-operative training is reinforced many times while the patients are at the ASC.  Once the patient is discharged, he/she will receive a post-operative phone call within a week. NHSCD’s feedback from patients after their gastric sleeve procedure has been 99% positive.

This success has been a team effort from not only the surgeon but from everyone, including the anesthesia department and staff from the OR, postoperative and clinical units.