Dr. Sharama is a well-renowned surgeon who has performed thousands of bariatric procedures. His goal is to provide quality patient services at affordable prices.  Patients choose New Life Jax Hospital because it provides the  comforts of a private hospital fully equipped with the state of the art medical and surgical devices that meet the U.S. standards.  New Life Jax Hospital offers comprehensive and competitive packages.  It is a one stop shop for all of your bariatric surgery needs.


If you’ve tried to lose weight through diet and exercise with little success, it may be time to consider bariatric surgery. New Life Jax produces life-changing results for patients every day in Jacksonville, Florida. Dr. Sharma offers a variety of weight loss procedures, including gastric bypass and duodenal switch surgery, but our most popular offering is the gastric sleeve.


The gastric sleeve is popular because it is a relatively straightforward procedure that enables patients to experience dramatic long-term weight loss in less than a year.  Gastric Sleeve Surgery is considered to be a safer procedure because it has fewer risks than other bariatric surgeries.  It reduces the size of the stomach by approximately 1/4th of its original size by removing the stomach tissue and then the surgeon stitches the remaining part in the form of a “sleeve”.  

Another reason why gastric sleeve surgery is so popular is the short recovery process.  After the completion of the surgery, you will have to stay in the hospital for one day so that our medical staff can monitor and assist you in your recovery. After a few post-operative tests, the patient is free to return home.

For the first two weeks, your diet will include just liquids only. But gradually you can add some soft foods and then solids. However, it is highly recommended that you eat foods in the quantity as prescribed by your doctor.

There are many benefits of this weight-loss procedure.  One of the benefits is that this surgery is done through laparoscopy, which is a low-risk and less-invasive procedure that requires only small incisions.  By creating a smaller stomach, the patient feels full after eating smaller portions, which reduces the caloric intake.  Another benefit is the rapid results it produces – some patients reported results in about 6 months!.  According to a study conducted by the World Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery, 98% of gastric sleeve recipients showed effective results and without any complications. 

The patient’s recovery depends on how well he/she follows the post-operative guidelines immediately following surgery.  Rest is imperative after surgery, but you will be required to walk a little to avoid blood clots.  After about a month, the patient can increase his/her overall activity.  In most cases, it takes about 1-3  weeks to fully recover.

If you have questions about Gastric Sleeve Surgery, or if you feel this is the best procedure for you, please feel free to contact our office at 904-399-4004 and one of our friendly staff will be more than happy to answer them.