In terms of safety and effectiveness, the needlescopic sleeve gastrectomy accomplishes the same goals as the traditional sleeve gastrectomy procedure. Typically, when surgical procedures are modified in the services of making them more minimally invasive, they may lose some degree of effectiveness, or force the surgeon to take a different path to accomplish the goals of the procedure. However, Dr. Choi is able to achieve the same results, and perform the needlescopic sleeve gastrectomy at the same high level of success as the countless traditional gastric sleeve procedures that he has performed.

The main difference between the traditional sleeve and the needlescopic gastric sleeve is that the advanced, compact needlescopic tools allow Dr. Choi to perform the procedure with minimal scarring. With the needlescopic approach, each incision is only three millimeters long, and with four entry points needed to perform the procedure, the end result is four tiny scars no bigger than a freckle. Compared to the much more visible scars made by more common five or ten millimeter incisions, patients enjoy the ability the feel comfortable in their own skin knowing that they do not have any readily visible scars.

A Less Invasive Weight Loss Journey

Additionally, because the needlescopic approach uses tools that are much more compact and space-efficient than traditional laparoscopic tools, the needlescopic gastric sleeve involves a lesser impact on the tissues around the surgery site. This means that patients can experience quicker recovery times, and a decreased risk of infection. Although the needlescopic method is less invasive, it is still important that those seeking a needlescopic gastric sleeve in Fort Lauderdale go to an experienced surgeon like Dr. Feiz who has experience performing both traditional and newer sleeve gastrectomy procedures.


Advancements in weight loss procedures in Fort Lauderdale and beyond have come a long way in the past few years. The sleeve gastrectomy has become the most popular procedure in the country over the last 10 years. This is due to the fact that the gastric sleeve, offers better weight loss results compared to the Lap Band procedure, while carrying fewer risks as compared to the gastric bypass. This is due to the fact that the sleeve gastrectomy not only decreases the capacity of the stomach, but also decreases production of the hormone ghrelin, which is responsible for many of the hunger cravings that drive us to eat. Now, with the needlescopic approach, patients can get these incredible benefits with less scarring, a quicker recovery, and less risk of infection.