The Medical Center offers the following Weight Loss Surgery Options:
Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass - This procedure divides the stomach to make a small reservoir pouch for food at the upper end of the stomach. The pouch, which has a capacity for about one ounce of food, is connected to the upper small intestine. Therefore, food bypasses the larger portion of the stomach. Patients experience a decreased appetite. Rapid weight loss occurs initially and stabilizes over time. This is the most commonly performed bariatric procedure in the U.S.
Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band - During this procedure, an adjustable band is placed around the upper end of the stomach to create a small reservoir pouch. The small pouch restricts intake and patients feel full more quickly. A small port is attached to the band to allow for easy access for adjustments. Weight loss is more gradual with this procedure.
Gastric Sleeve - After removing the outer 85 percent of the stomach, the stomach is converted into a thin, narrow “sleeve” which holds less food, resulting in less appetite. With this procedure, weight loss is rapid for most patients.
Gastric Plication - During this procedure, the outer stretchy part of the stomach is rolled in with stitches so that the stomach holds significantly less volume and cannot stretch. There is no cutting, stapling or removal of the stomach or intestines. The procedure can potentially be reversed or converted to another procedure if needed. Comparable to gastric bypass, weight loss is rapid for most patients but with less surgical risk.
View this PDF to see to compare three common surgical weight loss procedures.