Types of Bariatric Surgery


Sleeve Gastrectomy

Gastric Sleeve surgery is one of the most popular and successful weight loss options available when it comes to bariatric surgery.

The Gastric Sleeve procedure reshapes the stomach into a sleeve-like position, decreasing its size by nearly 85%, effectively curbing your appetite and assisting in healthy, gradual weight loss.

Gastric Sleeve procedures utilize minimally invasive techniques, ensuring ease of treatment, little scarring, and quicker recovery times.

Gastric Bypass

Gastric Bypass Surgery involves the creation of a smaller stomach pouch that is separate from the rest of the stomach. This method decreases stomach capacity and, in turn, causes patients to feel fuller at a faster pace. The larger part of the stomach doesn’t hold any food, but still maintains all of its normal blood vessels.

Gastric Bypass Surgery greatly differs from the gastric banding bariatric surgeries, like the LAP-BAND® procedure, because the operation involves making changes to your digestive system for the purpose of reducing the absorption of calories, as well as nutrients. Gastric Bypass is a riskier form of bariatric surgery, because it is more invasive.

LAP-BAND

The LAP-BAND® is a silicone band designed to reduce the amount of food it takes to achieve fullness, altering appetite and encouraging weight loss. During this minimally-invasive procedure, the LAP-BAND® device is wrapped around the upper portion of the stomach, similar to the way a watch is fastened around a wrist.

This gastric band creates a new, smaller stomach pouch that helps limit your portion sizes, cutting down on the overall amount of food you consume per meal. This newly created stomach pouch, also known as a “stoma,” has a smaller capacity than a normal-sized stomach, so your appetite is satisfied with less food. With this smaller stomach, you can stay fuller for longer periods of time, consuming fewer calories, and gradually losing weight in the process. In the first year following a LAP-BAND® surgery, patients typically lose weight at a healthy and steady pace, usually around 1-3 pounds a week.

Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch for Massive Weight Loss

BPD/DS is considered the best surgery for patients with a BMI greater than 50 who wish to improve obesity-related health problems. The average amount of excess weight lost after the procedure is approximately 70%. It is usually performed laparoscopically (using small incisions, small surgical tools, and an endoscope). In the first stage of the procedure, a large portion of the stomach (approximately 80%) is removed so that it resembles a tube or sleeve (as in sleeve gastrectomy). The second stage involves rerouting the intestine so the body has less time to absorb calories and fat. This is accomplished by connecting the end of the large intestine to the first section of the small intestine, called the duodenum.