Improvements in health, quality of life, and, of course, significant weight loss are important bariatric surgery benefits. The information below provides greater detail about these benefits and will help you understand how the REALIZE Solution for sleeve gastrectomy can help you achieve and maintain a healthier weight.

Significant weight loss

Health benefits

Studies have demonstrated that patients lost an average of 55% of their excess weight.13

Table 1: Health Improvements after sleeve gastrectomy A clinical study on sleeve gastrectomy showed the following health benefits.
Health Problem (Comorbidity) Result After Sleeve Gastrectomy
Resolved Improved
Type 2 Diabetes 56%36 37%36
High Blood Pressure 49%36 29%36
High Cholesterol 43%36 38%36
Obstructive Sleep Apnea 60%36


Shorter hospital stays, faster recovery

The majority of sleeve gastrectomy procedures are performed using a laparoscopic technique. Laparoscopic (minimally invasive) surgery results in a shorter hospital stay, faster recovery, smaller scars, and less pain than open surgical procedures.

Cost savings over time

A recent study showed that expenses associated with bariatric surgery were recouped in about 2 years.11 One important reason is that weight loss surgery may help to improve or resolve conditions associated with obesity, such as type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol,9 so patients save money on related prescription drugs, doctor visits, and hospital visits.11 In addition, monthly savings associated with laparoscopic bariatric surgery reach more than $900 as early as 13 months following surgery.11

A reduction in cravings for sweets

A clinical study showed that 50% of patients who had a sleeve gastrectomy procedure lost their craving for sweets after 1 year, and after 3 years 23% still experienced a loss of cravings for sweets.25 In addition, the level of a hormone called ghrelin, which has been described as a hunger-regulating hormone, was found to be significantly reduced after sleeve gastrectomy surgery.26, 27

Quality-of-life improvements

Clinical studies of laparoscopic bariatric surgery patients found that they felt better, spent more time doing recreational and physical activities, benefited from enhanced productivity and economic opportunities, and had more self-confidence than they did prior to surgery.9

As you can see, a sleeve gastrectomy procedure may have many benefits. However, it isn't for everyone. Only you and your surgeon can decide if bariatric surgery is an appropriate treatment option for you. Learn more about eligibility for the REALIZE Solution for sleeve gastrectomy.

The REALIZE Solution is more than a procedure

Experts agree that to lose weight and keep it off, bariatric surgery patients require help to learn healthy new habits and to stay in touch with their bariatric team. That's why we worked in consultation with bariatric surgeons, dietitians, and behavior modification specialists to create the REALIZE mySUCCESS® Program, a Web-based clinical support tool. It has been shown that REALIZE® Band patients who frequently use REALIZE mySUCCESS® lose significantly more weight.*

REALIZE mySUCCESS® guides you through two essential stages for success following surgery. Stage 1 helps you build healthy habits over the first 18 months. Stage 2 keeps you motivated, on track, and connected with your bariatric practice over the next 18 months and beyond.

You'll learn and practice strategies that will help cement your healthy habits—and help you achieve your healthier weight. REALIZE mySUCCESS® also keeps you connected with your bariatric team and allows your doctor to step in precisely when needed to keep you on track.

REALIZE mySUCCESS® is different from other online programs. REALIZE mySUCCESS® addresses the unique needs of bariatric patients. It helps you progress from a liquid diet to solid foods, identify emotional triggers for eating, identify foods you can't tolerate, stay motivated and stick with a nutrition and fitness plan, and supplement your diet with micronutrients in accordance with guidelines for specific bariatric procedures.

Learn more about the power of REALIZE mySUCCESS®.

Enroll now!

Anyone considering bariatric surgery is invited to start using REALIZE mySUCCESS®. Before surgery, you can access specially designed features and tools to begin changing your habits and improving your health. See how to enroll in REALIZE mySUCCESS®.

Take the next important step to learn more about the REALIZE Solution for sleeve gastrectomy

If you're considering sleeve gastrectomy, we encourage you to attend a free weight loss surgery information seminar that offers the REALIZE Solution for sleeve gastrectomy. It's a great way to learn about your surgical weight loss options, meet bariatric team members who will support you before and long after your surgery, and possibly hear from patients who have had weight loss surgery. There's no pressure to make a commitment—and no better way to get the answers you're looking for. Of course, family and friends are welcome, too.