Surgical Weight Loss Procedures
Partnering with experienced, local surgeons, we offer the latest, minimally invasive weight loss surgeries including, but not limited to:
- Gastric bypass
- Sleeve gastrectomy
- Adjustable gastric banding
There are several types of gastric bypass procedures, but all of them involve bypassing part of the small bowel by greater or lesser degrees. For this reason, procedures of this type are referred to as malabsorptive procedures, because they involve bypassing a portion of the small intestine that absorbs nutrients.
Some of these procedures also involve stapling the stomach to create a small pouch that serves as the "new” stomach or surgically removing part of the stomach.
Although a gastric bypass procedure is malabsorptive, it may also be restrictive because the size of the stomach is reduced so that the amount of food that can be eaten is "restricted” due to the smaller stomach. While malabsorptive procedures are more effective in causing excess weight to be lost than procedures that are solely restrictive, they also carry more risk for nutritional deficiencies.
This surgery takes out the part of your stomach that curves outward, called the fundus. After the fundus is taken out, your surgeon will close the rest of your stomach into a tube shape that looks like a banana. Because you will have a much smaller stomach, you will fill up quickly at mealtimes and eat less.
Adjustable gastric banding
Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB) is one of the least invasive operations available for obesity. It is also one of the more effective. It is done with a few tiny abdominal cuts (1 cm), instead of with one large cut. The surgeon puts instruments through the cuts. One of those instruments is a laparoscope, a tool with a tiny camera. The surgeon uses these tools to place a band around the top portion of the stomach, leaving a smaller pouch available for food. The small pouch means that you feel full after eating only small amounts of food. This will help you lose weight. As its name suggests, the procedure can be adjusted and even reversed.