Our weight loss surgery program offers four different surgical weight loss procedures. We currently perform the Roux-N-Y Gastric Bypass, Sleeve Gastrectomy (Gastric Sleeve), Adjustable Gastric Banding (lap band), and Duodenal Switch.
Sleeve Gastrectomy (Gastric Sleeve Surgery)
Commonly referred to as a “gastric sleeve” procedure. A vertical sleeve gastrectomy, or simple sleeve gastrectomy, is a purely restrictive procedure that limits the amount of food a person can consume. Restrictive bariatric surgery, specifically a gastric sleeve procedure, aims to reduce the overall size of the stomach. In this procedure, a portion of the stomach is functionally removed from the digestive system leaving a remaining "banana shaped" stomach pouch. The remaining “banana shaped” stomach pouch is connected to the first part of the small intestine (duodenum). With most (approximately 85 percent) of the stomach removed, large amounts of food simply cannot be eaten because there is very little stomach left to collect it. Gastric sleeve surgery is a relatively new procedure for weight loss surgery, but has been shown to yield weight loss results that are similar to that of Gastric Bypass surgery.
Roux-N-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery
This procedure is both “restrictive” and “malabsorptive.” Generally performed by laparoscopic technique, this procedure creates a small stomach pouch decreasing the amount of food one is able to eat. In addition, a portion of the small intestine is bypassed, leading to decreased absorption of the calories and nutrients eaten. This procedure is currently the most common operation performed for weight loss in the United States. The weight loss is typically faster with this procedure when compared to the Lap-Band, but does require more rigorous vitamin supplementation and is not “adjustable” post surgery. Gastric Bypass Surgery is just one of the bariatric surgeries that we offer.
Lap-Band Adjustable Gastric Banding Surgery
This is considered a purely “restrictive” procedure, meaning weight loss occurs by decreasing the amount of food a person can eat. The Lap-Band is a silicone-based device completely encircling the upper portion of the stomach creating a small pouch. The pouch size may be adjusted after surgery by adding or removing saline through an access port under the skin. This allows your surgeon to provide more or less restriction according to your weight loss. This procedure is generally performed using a laparoscopic technique which most often results in a shorter recovery period.
The Duodenal Switch is a surgical procedure that not only reduces the size of the stomach but also bypasses the majority of the normal digestive process by changing the anatomy of the small intestine. While the stomach pouch created is slightly larger than with other bariatric surgeries, the Duodenal Switch allows ingested food to bypass the duodenum and meet the bile and pancreatic juices closer to the middle or end of the small intestine.
Because of the complex nature of this procedure, the Duodenal Switch is typically only recommended for patients suffering from extreme obesity (BMI >50) or as an acceptable procedure for failed weight loss. This procedure is designed to provide extreme weight loss — average loss of 85% of excess weight — and long-term resolution of multiple medical conditions.
To learn more about any of these weight loss options and determine which is right for you, (337) 289-8484.