Gastric sleeve surgery

Gastric Sleeve

When it becomes increasingly difficult to control weight, you may be searching for a more effective way to improve your health.

If you've reached a point where you need a more effective tool, gastric sleeve surgery is often the safest, most preferred treatment.

The surgeons at At Texas Center for Bariatrics & Advanced Surgery in Plano, TX, have completed more than 16,000 gastric sleeve procedures.

What Is Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

The gastric sleeve or vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG) procedure is a type of bariatric surgery that involves the removal of a portion of the stomach. It is also the most common bariatric surgery around the world. Dr. Cribbins and Dr. Chen perform this procedure with the ultra-minimally invasive da Vinci surgical system. The stomach is separated into two sections, the smaller of which resembles the shape and size of a banana, leaving a small tube or "sleeve" remaining. After this area is sectioned off, the larger portion of the stomach is removed, leaving 15 to 20 percent remaining.

Removing 80 percent of the stomach significantly restricts caloric intake and the portion of the stomach that is removed secretes ghrelin and other "hunger hormones" that are responsible for appetite. By removing this part of the stomach, the patient's appetite is reduced further, significantly contributing to weight loss.

Gastric Sleeve Surgery One Operation Can Change Your Life

We often hear that many people think that they are too old or don't weigh enough to qualify for weight loss surgery. If you have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 27 and greater, you DO qualify for weight loss surgery.

At Texas Center for Bariatrics & Advanced Surgery in Plano, TX, we do not put limits on age. Everyone deserves a healthy weight and long life - and that is exactly the tool weight loss surgery delivers. We are supportive and compassionate surgeons who do not judge and find weight loss solutions that work. The age range of our typical patients is anywhere from 16 to 75 years old. 

Decreased Appetite

Did you know that the size of the stomach is reduced by up to 80 percent during gastric sleeve surgery and the hunger hormone ghrelin is blunted? Ghrelin is mainly produced in the portion of the stomach that was removed. As a result, you won't feel as hungry and you will feel fuller faster. These two simple changes can have a dramatic impact on your waistline, promoting rapid and lasting weight loss.

Impressive Safety Record

This minimally invasive weight loss surgery has an excellent safety record. According to a study from the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, less than 1 percent of these bariatric surgery patients experience complications 30 days after surgery. We use advanced methods and tools to further decrease the already low risk of complications during this type of weight loss surgery.

Effective Treatment

Many patients experience great results with this technique in under 12 months, losing about 90 percent of excess body weight. In fact, this procedure is so effective that many patients who previously underwent a gastric band procedure undergo revision surgery to gastric sleeve, also known as sleeve gastrectomy.

Improved Health

Many patients find that health problems related to obesity such as sleep apnea, arthritis, and diabetes get better or resolve completely after losing weight with this technique. You might find exercising becomes more comfortable as you begin to feel lighter and more mobile, further solidifying your commitment to leading a healthier lifestyle.

Better Quality of Life

Overall, you can expect an improved quality of life because you can engage in more physical tasks, and feel more confident in your appearance and ability to participate in social activities. Often, weight loss surgery can give you the boost you need to be more productive and successful in other areas of your life such as dating or career advancement.

Hollie Lost 100 Pounds In Six Months with Sleeve Gastrectomy

Dr. Cribbins's patient Hollie before gastric sleeve surgery
Dr. Cribbins's patient Hollie after gastric sleeve surgery
Just 6 months after receiving a VSG/Sleeve Gastrectomy from our Plano surgeons, Hollie had lost 100 pounds. 

Contact Our Practice

Dr. A. Joseph Cribbins III is a board-certified general and bariatric surgeon, specializing in ultra minimally invasive advanced da Vinci surgery. He has been in private practice since 2000 and is highly trained and experienced in bariatric surgery.

In addition to evaluating your candidacy for weight loss surgery, we will consider your unique concerns, goals, medical conditions, and more in order to make the most suitable recommendation.  Medical weight management, for example, might provide great results for the right patients. We are confident we can meet your needs to help you live your very best life.

To take the first step toward achieving a healthier lifestyle, schedule a consultation at our Plano bariatric surgery office, serving patients throughout the Dallas metroplex. We look forward to meeting you.

You can contact us online or call us at:

(214) 501-1333

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A Stellar Review From a Plano Patient "You owe this to yourself."



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Front office staff to Dr. Cribbins and everyone in between are all first class. I was nervous (scared) to have my sleeve placed. Everyone made me feel comfortable and safe. I’m loosing weight safely and haven’t felt this great in a while. Please do yourself the favor and MEET with them. Ask questions. Do the research. Ask for Marty. He works there. He came to see me in the hospital. Honestly, he was the best part of the overnight stay. Oh, by the way, this whole process and been practically pain free. You owe this to yourself. Dr. Cribbins is the surgeon for you.

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Our Advanced Technology Allows for More Precise Surgery

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At Texas Center for Bariatrics & Advanced Surgery in Plano, TX, we use the most current and minimally invasive tools, technology, and techniques, such as the da Vinci Xi® surgical system.

Dr. Cribbins and Dr. Chen proudly use the advanced technology from Intuitive Surgical and the da Vinci Xi surgical system because it is less invasive, more precise, and provides a faster recovery with less pain for patients.

Our surgeons have a simple goal utilizing da Vinci technology: to perform the surgery and help patients return to their normal lives sooner.

Better surgery means better results for patients.

We Can Help You Live the Life You Want

Many overweight people don't experience long-term weight loss success with traditional weight loss methods of diet and exercise due to leptin resistance. Sometimes, people need to take another path, such as bariatric surgery. Gastric sleeve surgery works because it reduces the size of your stomach and decreases the hunger hormone ghrelin. It can also reset your metabolism, offering you long-term results that diet and exercise alone can't accomplish.

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John Lost 130 Pounds & Found Relief From Sleep Apnea

Dr. Cribbins's patient John before gastric sleeve surgery
Dr. Cribbins's patient John after gastric sleeve surgery
John came to our Plano office weighing 363 pounds and suffering severely from obstructive sleep apnea. After receiving a gastric sleeve from our surgeons, he lost 130 pounds in 6 months and enjoyed a total elimination of his sleep apnea symptoms.

It's Time To Put Your Health First

We believe that one operation and a high level of care can change lives. At Texas Center for Bariatrics & Advanced Surgery in Plano, TX, we use the most sophisticated technology for better results. Our da Vinci technology makes for:

  • Fewer complications and easier recovery
  • A shorter hospital stay
  • Better weight loss results
  • Less time away from work and daily life 

Start now. You will be in expert hands. Dr. Cribbins has been recognized for 13 years in Dallas' D Magazine's list of Best Doctors for bariatric surgery and is a Texas Monthly Super Doctor.

Live the life you want.
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More Great Reviews From Plano "the best medical experience of my life"



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This office and staff is so amazing who stood out to me the most was Kwyonnica. She was the first voice I heard when inquiring about this surgery and she was so kind and comforting. My doctor was Dr. Chen and he was absolutely amazing from the beginning to the end he made me and my family feel comfortable with my decision. He always made himself available even around the time he was having life altering situation, a beautiful baby boy. I think the baby brought me good luck my surgery was so smooth very minimal pain and I feel I got my life back. Thank you, thank you, thank you…..

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Katie Cowen

Plano, TX


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This has been the best medical experience of my life, and I'm not exaggerating. I'm only a few weeks post op after sleeve surgery, but the entire process has been fantastic so far. I scoured the DFW area for the best doctor to do this surgery, and the reviews for this office were great. Dr. Cribbins has a great bedside manner, and every member of his staff has been friendly and helpful. I was able to get the surgery within weeks of deciding to move forward, and I'm glad that I did. I'm only a few weeks into my journey, but I already feel better than I have in years and I'm so grateful to this office for making this such a great experience.

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We Support You Before, During & After

Even with surgery, we all know that weight loss is not an overnight event. We can all use a helping hand along the way. That's why our compassionate team of surgeons, psychologists, nutritionists, and highly trained staff at Texas Center for Bariatrics & Advanced Surgery in Plano, TX, are here for you, before, during, and after your surgery.

If you're at the beginning of your journey we encourage you to investigate our robust services to get you started and support you along the way:

In Person or Virtual Consultation

Meet with Dr. Joseph Cribbins or Dr. Edmund Chen at our practice in Plano, TX. Or, if you can't come here, you can still easily talk face to face with Dr. Cribbins or another doctor during a virtual consultation. Even if you are not familiar with video conferencing technology, we make virtual meetings simple. These private conversations allow you to talk with a surgeon and get your questions answered.

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Weight Loss Surgery Support Groups

After surgery, our hospitals offer free support groups facilitated by licensed professionals who understand the weight loss journey. Surrounded by people on their weight loss surgery journey, you'll have the support of people who understand and support your goals.

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Financial Assistance

If you have health care insurance, we can help you navigate the ins and outs of coverage and benefits for gastric sleeve treatment. If you don't have insurance, we offer a variety of financing options to make weight loss affordable.

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Superior Stapling
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Our surgeons utilize SureForm staplers developed by the leading medical technology company Intuitive. During your gastric sleeve, this stapler constantly monitors tissue compression before and during firing, making over 1,000 measurements per second and conducting automatic adjustments for optimal precision. This insures a safe, leak free surgery.

How Fast Will I Lose Weight?

The First Couple of Months

Patients see excellent weight loss results in the first couple of months after surgery with rapid weight loss and then it slows after the first year; similar to gastric bypass or any other type of weight loss surgery, it is important to remember that you will shed more pounds at the beginning of your journey.

Long-Term Results

Most patients can expect to lose 90 percent of their excess weight 12 months after gastric sleeve surgery. The rate at which you lose weight, as well as the amount you lose, depends on your diet, exercise level, and body. By staying committed to a healthy lifestyle, you can expect to see long-term results that promote weight loss, refine your body, and improve your health.

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Gastric sleeve surgery is the most popular procedure at our practice – our surgeons have completed over 16,000 to date. For years, patients throughout the Dallas Ft.Worth area and across the country have come to us for help overcoming obesity because of our immense skill and leading-edge technology. Contact us for life-changing surgery by calling (214) 501-1333 now.

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Danielle Webster

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My journey with Dr. Cribbins and office stated January of 2022. My surgery date was May 2, 2022.. I'm down about 88 pounds currently. This has been life changing. The tools provided, especially the book Dr. Cribbins created has been awesome. I call it the Bible for bariatric weight loss surgery. Don't listen to everyone else. Do what's best for you!!!! I love and appreciate all that has been involved in this journey including my gyn Dr. Branning for encouraging to prolong my life. Nothing but success has been conquered in a short amount of time. I look forward to longevity success. I know I can do it!!! Dr. Cribbins and staff are supportive in many ways as needed. It's hard to admit you need help, or at least for me; however, it's ok to get the help you need. Once you are ready and determined, you will achieve great things with a great support system.

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Abby G

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I have visited 2 other Bariatric Dr's offices (insurance issues/moved), and this place is by far the best in my opinion. I have been needing this surgery for years and this has been such a long process (over 3 years between the Dr's offices) and my first appointment here with Dr. Chen I told him about the other 2 times I have tried to get this surgery and he said well this time we will get it done! And now my surgery is tomorrow and I cannot be more excited. When I first met Dr. Chen I knew he was the Dr for me. He is super nice, helpful and very cheerful! He listened and answered all of my questions/concerns. Explained my different options to me and helped me pick the surgery that I feel will work best for me. I highly recommend this place and Dr. Chen. The office staff are very helpful as well, they answered my questions and have kept me updated on the process. I couldn't be happier with this place!!

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Why Choose Sleeve Gastrectomy  Instead of Gastric Bypass?

Gastric sleeve and gastric bypass surgery are two of the most common bariatric surgeries. When compared to gastric bypass surgery, sleeve gastrectomy is generally considered a less invasive, lower-risk bariatric option. In addition, patients can undergo this procedure to improve their health, and then proceed with gastric bypass in the future if they don't meet their weight loss goals.

The surgeons at Texas Center for Bariatrics & Advanced Surgery in Plano, TX, offer gastric bypass, gastric sleeve, and other bariatric procedures; rest assured we will make recommendations on treatments that match your needs and goals.

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Texas Center for
Bariatrics & Advanced Surgery

Our highly skilled and experienced board-certified surgeons specialize in ultra-minimally invasive general and bariatric surgery. They are affiliated with a number of national associations, including the:

  • American Board of Surgery
  • American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS)
  • American College of Surgeons (ACS)
  • Fellow American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (FASMBS)

To request a consultation, contact us online or call (214) 501-1333 today.

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