It is important to understand the procedures and risks associated with weight loss surgery as well as the commitment required of the patient. Referral to the Bariatric program by the patient's doctor or one of our Bariatric surgeons is required. In addition, a patient must meet set requirements to enter the program.
The LAP-BAND System is a purely restrictive procedure that limits solid food intake by surgically inserting an inflatable band completely around the uppermost part of the stomach. This less traumatic reversible procedure does not include cutting or stapling the stomach and there is no bypassing of the intestines.Click to watch a video about this procedure
This highly restrictive and mild malabsorptive operation is the most frequently performed weight loss procedure in the United States. It involves creating a small 1-ounce pouch from the original stomach and thereby limiting food intake. To allow food to pass into the intestine a new connection must be created between intestine and the newly formed small pouch. This connection is created in such a way to limit food absorption aiding in weight loss.Click to watch a video about this procedure
The sleeve gastrectomy is a new procedure for weight loss that is particularly suited to those patients at highest risk for surgery, either because of their medical co-morbidities or their weight. The procedure involves removing 60% of the stomach, leaving behind a "banana shaped" sleeve of stomach. This portion of stomach restricts the amount of food that a patient can eat and leads to significant weight loss (up to 30-40% of excess weight).Click to watch a video about this procedure