Surgical weight loss procedures work through restriction, malabsorption or a combination of the two. Our experienced staff will advise you about the procedure that is best for your individual situation.
Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass
Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass is the most frequently performed weight loss surgery in the United States. Weight loss occurs from reducing the size of the stomach and producing a small amount of malabsorption by bypassing a modest amount of the small intestine.
Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band (Lap-Band®, Realize Band®)
The Lap Band is a surgical procedure that reduces the size of the stomach and encourages weight loss through restriction. This system uses an adjustable band that restricts the opening to the remainder of the stomach. This procedure is considered less invasive, however, weight loss is somewhat slower than the malabsorptive or combination procedures.
Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy
Sleeve Gastrectomy is a restrictive procedure. The surgeon creates a small, sleeve-shaped stomach. It is larger than the stomach pouch created during Roux-en-Y bypass (roughly the size of a banana). Sleeve Gastrectomy is typically considered as a treatment option for bariatric surgery patients with a BMI of 60 or higher. It is usually performed as the first of two procedures; the second part of the treatment is typically gastric bypass.
Revisions of Prior Surgeries
Patients typically look for surgery revisions for one of two reasons – either too much weight was gained back after the previous surgery or not enough weight was lost following the initial surgery. Surgical revisions have similar risks as your previous surgery, so make sure to discuss all of your options with your doctor.