All visitors are required to wear masks.

For COVID-19 safety, all visitors to ChristianaCare facilities and services are required to wear masks. This includes visitors who are vaccinated. Please read our visitor guidelines before arrival.

Masks required at outpatient locations; visitors and support persons limited

All visitors at outpatient locations must be masked in alignment with the masking guidelines on our visitation policy page here. Patients at ChristianaCare’s outpatient services are advised to come to their appointments alone unless a support person is absolutely needed. If a support person is needed, such as a parent, guardian or spokesperson, we highly encourage that the support person be vaccinated. Outpatient practices are not requiring vaccination or a negative COVID test for visitors at this time.

All hospital visitors required to be vaccinated or have a negative COVID-19 test.

  • Inpatients in our Christiana, Wilmington and Union hospitals may have one visitor daily between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. The visitor must be 16 or older.
  • Patients having outpatient surgery may have one support person accompany them. Support persons must be 16 or older.
  • All visitors and surgical support people must show proof of vaccination OR a negative COVID-19 test within the prior 72 hours.

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Bariatric Surgery

Gastric Sleeve

Sleeve gastrectomy is a restrictive bariatric surgery. During this procedure, the surgeon removes approximately 60-70% of the stomach.  This leaves a small, sleeve-shaped stomach that is about the size of a banana. The mechanism for weight loss is gastric restriction, as well as neurohormonal changes due to lower levels of ghrelin, an appetite-stimulating hormone produced by the fundus. Because the new stomach continues to function normally there are fewer restrictions on the foods which patients can consume after surgery, although the amount of food eaten will be considerably reduced.

Advantages of the sleeve gastrectomy

  • Average sleeve patients will lose approximately 70% of their excess body weight within two years.
  • The stomach is reduced in size and the amount of food that can be eaten is restricted. Otherwise the stomach functions normally.
  • The major part of the stomach which produces hormones responsible for stimulating hunger is removed from the digestive system.
  • The problem of “dumping” is avoided as the pylorus (muscle between the stomach and small bowel) is not altered.
  • Minimizes the possibility of the patient developing ulcers, especially in those patients who take occasional NSAIDS (ibuprofen, advil, aleve for example).

Disadvantages of the sleeve gastrectomy

  • Sleeve gastrectomy is permanent and not reversible.

Risks/Complications related to the sleeve gastrectomy

  • Standard risks associated with surgery, like pain, bleeding, blood clots and infection.
  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Leakage and/or bleeding at the suture/staple line.
  • Development or worsening of gastrointestinal reflux disease (GERD) and heartburn.
  • Vitamin and protein deficiency

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Bariatric Surgery Services of ChristianaCare
501 West 14th Street
Wilmington Hospital
Gateway Building, 2nd Floor
Wilmington, DE 19801 directions