Weight Loss Surgery
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Types of Surgery

Weight-loss surgery is a well-established method of long-term weight control for morbidly obese adults. Compared to non-surgical treatments, weight-loss surgery yields the longest period of sustained weight loss in patients who have failed other therapies.

Fueled by the dismal failure of dieting, the marked improvement in quality of life and the quick recovery with minimally invasive techniques, the number of weight-loss surgery procedures performed annually has surged over the last several years.

Adjustable Gastric Banding

Adjustable Gastric Banding

The LAP-BAND® System and the REALIZE™ Band are an adjustable gastric band for use in weight reduction. Using laparoscopic surgical techniques, the device is placed around the top portion of a patient’s stomach, creating a small pouch. By reducing stomach capacity, they can help achieve long-term weight loss by creating an earlier feeling of satiety. They are adjustable, which means that the inflatable band can be tightened or loosened to help the patient achieve a level of satiety. These are reversible weight-loss surgery options as it can be removed at any time.


 Sleeve Gastrectomy

Laparoscopic Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy 

This procedure is where the stomach is reduced to about 15% of its original size, by surgical removal of a large portion of the stomach, following the major curve. The open edges are then attached together (typically with surgical staples, sutures, or both) to leave the stomach shaped more like a tube, or a sleeve, with a banana shape. The procedure permanently reduces the size of the stomach. The procedure is performed laparoscopically and is not reversible.


 Gastric Bypass

Gastric Bypass (Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass [RYGB])

With this surgery, the stomach is first stapled to make a smaller pouch, then most of the stomach and the upper part of the intestine is bypassed by attaching a lower part of the intestine to the small stomach pouch. The result is that the individual can not eat as much and absorbs fewer nutrients and calories.



Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS)

Is an advanced minimally invasive approach in which the surgeon operates exclusively via a single entry point through the "belly button". Single incision gastric band surgery with less pain, little or no scarring, since there is no need to cut through the stomach muscle, recovery is much shorter.



Laparoscopic Revisional Surgery

While the outcome of bariatric surgery is usually a positive one, some patients who have had gastric bypass or other types of weight loss surgery sometimes require a second, or revisional bariatric surgery to get the results they want and need.