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A weight loss surgeon who’s had weight loss surgery

Dr. Gmora has a unique connection with his patients, having had sleeve surgery and pressing the reset button himself. Watch how his experience with his own weight loss surgery changed how he cares for his patients.


5 Reasons to Choose The Sleeve Clinic

1Care by a Surgeon Who’s Been Sleeved

Dr. Gmora isn’t just a top-notch surgeon; he’s undergone sleeve surgery himself, so he knows the journey from both sides of the operating table. You’re not getting just a physician; you’re getting a partner who truly gets it.

2Unrivaled Bariatric Care

In Canadian bariatric care, we’re not just leaders; we’re trailblazers. Dr. Gmora revolutionized Aftercare from a deeply personal standpoint so you’re not just another case; you’re a success story in the making. We set the standard for bariatric care with unparalleled expertise and compassion, every step of your journey.

3Sustained Success and Results

We’re all about lifelong success —not because of diets or routines, but because of personalized, ongoing support and dedicated coaching. Our revolutionary 5-year Aftercare Program offers unrivaled individual attention. It’s not just about a perfect surgery; it’s about your long-term results.

4Find Your Tribe In Our Community

Our private patient support community offers a sense of belonging and empowerment. You get valuable tips, share non-scale victories, and have our dedicated team not leaving your side. You’re never alone on this journey.

5Always Connected, Always Committed

Our approach to bariatric surgery is more than a medical procedure, it’s a life-long partnership. Whether virtual or in-clinic, you’re not just a patient—you’re family. With our advanced virtual tools, like real-time weigh-ins, we keep you on track with your journey. Failure is not an option.

Successful Surgery is Just the Start

Our unparalleled 5-Year Aftercare Program ensures that you continue on the path to permanent weight loss.


Watch Kristina’s journey to losing 119 lbs with The Sleeve Clinic


30 | 119 LBS LOST

Kristina was tired of spending thousands of dollars on diets, skinny teas and personal trainers and still not seeing any sustainable results. “I wanted to be able to walk up a set of stairs and not be out of breath. I wanted a higher quality of life – and I can definitely say I have that now.”

Expertise Matters

The Sleeve Clinic is a labour of love; an opportunity to completely reinvent how weight loss surgical care is delivered. Dr. Gmora wanted to create a BOUTIQUE BARIATRIC EXPERIENCE where:

Every single patient receives unparalleled one-on-one attention

You receive an extremely high level of surgical expertise and care

You never feel rushed

No one falls through the cracks

You feel connected and well cared for

Cutting edge 5 year Aftercare Program available to you 100% virtually, with 24/7 staff availability to answer every question or concern

The Sleeve Surgical Team

Dr. Scott Gmora


Meet Dr. Scott Gmora, founder of The Sleeve Clinic and one of the leading weight loss surgeons in Canada.

Dr. Gmora has gained a reputation for being a surgical perfectionist and producing outstanding weight loss results.

Associate Professor of Surgery, McMaster University

As well as being the lead surgeon at The Sleeve Clinic, he also operates full-time in the public system at the lead Bariatric Centre of Excellence in Ontario – St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hospital Hamilton

Has performed thousands of advanced bariatric procedures

Impeccable safety track record

MOST IMPORTANTLY, he listens first, talks second

Dr. Vanessa Boudreau


Meet Dr. Vanessa Boudreau, who has been working alongside Dr. Gmora for years and is a lead surgeon at The Sleeve Clinic.  

She is renowned for her meticulous work and exceptional bedside manner, which closely mirrors the philosophy of Dr. Gmora. She is a distinguished bariatric surgeon with extensive experience in the field:

Assistant Professor at McMaster University

Bariatric & metabolic surgeon at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton

Co-director of the Surgical Bariatric Clinic at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton

Active member of numerous committees & provincial organizations, including the Ontario Bariatric Network and the Canadian Association of Bariatric Physicians and Surgeons 

Ongoing research in the field of metabolic surgery, with focuses including diabetes remission and surgical weight loss effects on fertility and pregnancy outcomes

Why the Sleeve Clinic?


Learn why Dr. Scott Gmora, a bariatric surgeon who’s had bariatric surgery himself, set out to create the perfect experience designed to support the personal long-term success of each of his patients.


Done with Dieting? Win the Weight Battle Once and for All

Gastric Sleeve Surgery is the most commonly performed weight loss operation worldwide with excellent long-term results. It’s about more than losing weight; It dramatically improves your health, wellness and quality of life.

You feel full and satisfied after eating less

Your appetite and cravings are substantially diminished

You experience a dramatic improvement or complete resolution of most weight-related medical conditions.

Sleeve surgery takes less than an hour to complete and recovery times are fast.


Aftercare, Reimagined

Successful surgery is just the start. Our 5 Year Aftercare Program is what sets us apart.


The secret ingredient to our patients’ outstanding weight loss results is the hyper-personalized, emotional and expert care and support we provide each and every patient.


Dive into personalized nutrition advice from our incredible team of dietitians. Enjoy balanced meals, eating out and a new bond with food, all tailored to a plan just for you!


Virtual tools to keep you on track! In addition to in-person visits with our clinical team, you’ll take part in virtual check-ins, support groups and virtual weight monitoring to ensure you stay on track.


Your Path to Transformation: Join the Sleeve Clinic Journey

The steps to sleeve success: From your initial consultation to years post-operation, we take care of you every step of the way.


Speak with our program advisor for a relaxed, no-obligation discussion about The Sleeve Clinic, sleeve surgery and your eligibility. Ask any questions you’d like!



Meet directly with Dr. Gmora or Dr. Boudreau. Confirm your eligibility, what your pre-surgical care plan will look like and get all your questions answered!



Choose your desired surgery date, gear up for surgery and collaborate with our dietitian team to ensure the best results. This is where the count-down begins!



Plan to arrive 1 day before your operation so you can get settled into your hotel and the necessary pre-operation check-ins can happen with Dr. Gmora.



Your surgery is laparoscopic and will take less than 60 minutes, including anesthesia.



You will attend The Sleeve Clinic on day 1 and day 2 post-op to check in with Dr. Gmora and the team. Plan to stay 3 nights after surgery.


Return Home

Once you are cleared to travel, you will head home to continue healing. Dr. Gmora and the Sleeve Clinic team will be available to you around the clock.



Once surgery is completed we never let you out of your sight! Through virtual appointments, support groups and weight monitoring we ensure you stay on track regardless of where you live.

Make it Happen with Easy and Convenient Financing Options

You shouldn’t have to delay this life-changing surgery simply because of the price.
That’s why we’ve made financing available to all of our patients. Have the procedure now and make lower monthly payments over time. Download our comprehensive pricing package to find out more.

State-of-Art Surgical Facilities

Your gastric sleeve surgery will be performed in a private, state-of-the-art surgical facility in Toronto, Ontario. Your comfort, care and safety are our primary considerations. From the bright and welcoming waiting room, to the spacious operating theatre, and finally the comforting recovery room, we are equipped for your complete care. The facility is fully accredited by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. Our expert surgical team, which includes specialized recovery room nurses and board-certified anesthesiologists, utilize the leading devices, technology, and equipment to ensure your safety throughout this life-changing procedure.

Personal stories,


A dose of inspiration when you need it

In the clinic, on social media and during our virtual calls, our patients regularly share their success stories with us. See what our patients are sharing.

Jordan M.

“After years and years of failed diets and fads, I made the choice to have a VSG done in 2020. The sleeve clinic was the clear choice. Fast forward 3 years later, not only have I lost over 140lbs, but I’ve adopted a more active lifestyle and higher energy levels, and I’m truly enjoying my new positive outlook on life. If you’re reading this and contemplating, should I/shouldn’t I–Stop. And just DO!”


Wendy S.

“I looked at a few other clinics but I felt a genuine connection listening to Dr. Gmora’s videos. He was authentic, honest and disclosed his own weight loss journey. When I spoke to him in person he was the exact same. I’m a RN and trust me those qualities are rare.”



“[Sleeve Sugery] was most definitely the best decision I have ever made. I can not thank Dr. Gmora enough, and the whole Sleeve Clinic team. With your help, I truly saved my life. I have lost 140 pounds, move freely & comfortably, live life while being present and active in my family’s lives. I also just recently trained and completed my first marathon! I finally have love, respect & gratitude for my body; a feeling I have never known. I will forever be grateful. Such a privilege.”



“My sister said to me, you were eating yourself to death, I was really concerned about you. It’s when you don’t recognize yourself that it becomes very scary. I didn’t realize how much I was missing until the weight started coming off and now I feel so much better. The nurses were amazing and as soon as I got out, I felt fine. I don’t snore anymore. I have more energy and wanting to do things and go out. There’s so many little, small, non-scale victories that people don’t understand until they do this. Literally, it’s changed my entire life.”



“I had a lot of ups and downs and over 20 years of just trying everything. I was successful with some things, I would lose fifty or sixty pounds, then gain back forty. My weight just started going up and up and up. I started researching and looking at options and learned about the sleeve. I had my first conversation with Mandy and made my mind up. After surgery, I have not touched my asthma medication, I can exercise without pain and get in and out of rides comfortably. This has been a very positive experience.”



“When I look at old photos of myself now, I think ‘that was someone who’s been through a lot – bearing children, yo-yoing in weight, low self esteem and I have a lot of love and respect for that person. But I was in my 40s and I couldn’t even stand without pain. Now I have a life without pain. I can sit on the floor cross-legged with my grandchildren and go for long walks. I’m not addicted to food anymore. It was almost like a system reset. The quality of my life has changed.”


Dr. Gmora is truly the best Dr. I have ever met. I had a bariatric surgery done by Dr. Gmora and my entire journey was amazing.

He truly does take the time to listen to his patients explain and address any concerns or questions. I never came across a physician that takes caring for his patients to a different level. He certainly very knowledgeable and experienced and unlike other physicians he truly takes control of the entire operation at his clinic to ensure his patients journey is successful.

Dr Gmora clinic staff are truly amazing my entire experience was perfect from beginning to end. I felt that they cared about me and cared about ensuring that my journey is positive. With his clinic you never feel like you are just a number or just a patient.

I truly appreciate what dr Gmora and his staff did for me and I am very grateful for the ability to loose weight and regain my health and confidence.

“Dr. Gmora is an amazing surgeon with incredible bedside manners. He completed my surgery on April 26, 2017. From the moment I woke up, I felt healthier and more energetic than I have felt in the past 10 years. He is very approachable and his before and after care instructions are clear, concise and easy to follow! Would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone!”

“Dr. Gmora is an amazing surgeon with incredible bedside manners. He completed my surgery on April 26, 2017. From the moment I woke up, I felt healthier and more energetic than I have felt in the past 10 years. He is very approachable and his before and after care instructions are clear, concise and easy to follow! Would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone!”

“Dr. Gmora is an amazing surgeon with incredible bedside manners. He completed my surgery on April 26, 2017. From the moment I woke up, I felt healthier and more energetic than I have felt in the past 10 years. He is very approachable and his before and after care instructions are clear, concise and easy to follow! Would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone!”

“Dr. Gmora is an amazing surgeon with incredible bedside manners. He completed my surgery on April 26, 2017. From the moment I woke up, I felt healthier and more energetic than I have felt in the past 10 years. He is very approachable and his before and after care instructions are clear, concise and easy to follow! Would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone!”

“Dr. Gmora is an amazing surgeon with incredible bedside manners. He completed my surgery on April 26, 2017. From the moment I woke up, I felt healthier and more energetic than I have felt in the past 10 years. He is very approachable and his before and after care instructions are clear, concise and easy to follow! Would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone!”

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How long does gastric sleeve last?

    Your sleeve will last the rest of your life. Since we remove the stretchy portion of the stomach, the procedure cannot be reversed. In unusual circumstances we can convert it to a gastric bypass or duodenal switch, but this is rarely necessary. Read on for more information.

  • How long does the actual operation take to perform?

    For most patients, once they are asleep, the procedure takes about 45 minutes.

  • Will I be completely asleep during the procedure?

    Yes. An expert, board-certified anesthesiologist will be present to ensure you are completely asleep for the entire duration of the procedure.

  • How quickly can I get this surgery done?

    It typically takes 2-4 weeks from the time of your first consultation. It is critical that we properly prepare you prior to surgery. This means having a thorough medical assessment to make sure you are medically fit for surgery. It also means teaching you what to expect after surgery and how to manage your new stomach.

  • Will weight loss surgery improve my other medical conditions?

    Weight loss surgery has the potential to lead to substantial improvements or even resolution in numerous obesity-related conditions. This includes: high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, coronary artery disease, infertility, polycystic ovarian syndrome, osteoarthritis, and urinary stress incontinence to name a few!

  • Is surgery the “easy way out?”

    Nothing could be further from the truth. Taking responsibility for your own health with weight loss surgery is very hard work! Not an “easy way out”. From the preoperative preparation to the changes you make in your post-operation lifestyle you are taking your health into your own hands and making the necessary choices to live a healthy lifestyle.

  • Will I have scars after the surgery?

    The surgery is performed laparoscopically and typically involves 5 small incisions. Four of these incisions are about 5mm (the width of a pea). One of the incisions is approximately 15mm (less than the width of a loonie).

  • After I lose weight, will I have excess skin?

    Some patients may have excess skin after surgery. Whether this occurs depends on a number of factors, including, the patient’s weight prior to surgery, the amount of excess weight loss, the patient’s age and genetics. For patients with concerns of excess skin, plastic surgery after the gastric sleeve can be a highly effective option. We typically recommend that patients wait 12-18 months after surgery to ensure that their weight has stabilized.

  • How long will I be at the Surgical Center?

    From the moment you arrive to when you are discharged after surgery, you can expect to be at the surgical center for 8-12 hours.

  • How much time do I need to take off work?

    Most patients are back to their “normal selves” in about 1-2 weeks, or less!

  • Will I be able to dine at restaurants with family and friends?

    Absolutely! Dining out can often be the focal point of many social events and the good news is that after bariatric surgery, you don’t have to stop! At every step, our expert dietitians are also here to help! So whether you are going to a five-star restaurant or just meeting friends for a bite at a local coffee shop, you can continue to enjoy ordering off of the menu!

  • Is the gastric sleeve covered by OHIP?

    This is an extremely important question. The Sleeve Clinic is a private, boutique bariatric surgery clinic specializing in gastric sleeve surgery. As such, the procedure with The Sleeve Clinic is not covered by OHIP. The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC) does cover a different procedure, called: “gastric bypass” in patients with a BMI >40 or BMI>35 with specific obesity-related health conditions. The MOHLTC will only cover a gastric sleeve if:


    1) there is severe scar tissue from a previous surgery that prevents surgeons from performing a gastric bypass

    2) the patient has a BMI>60 and/or

    3) the patient has certain pre-existing medical conditions that make a gastric bypass excessively risky (e.g., ulcerative colitis, chronic steroid use, etc.).


    For more information, please read our guide on What To Know Before Undergoing Gastric Sleeve Surgery.

  • Do you offer payment plans or financing options?

    We have partnered with Beautifi to bring you industry leading interest rates and affordable monthly payment options. Beautifi is a specialized provider of plastic surgery and cosmetic procedure financing solutions. Beautifi offers affordable and flexible loans up to $25,000+, with low monthly payments that are structured to work with your budget. There is no money down required, no prepayment penalties and the process is 100% online.


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“The biggest regret my patients have is not doing this sooner. For most of them diet optimism – really believing the next diet will work – is what holds them back. The relief they experience after surgery is something they wish they could have experienced sooner.”

– Dr. Scott Gmora