Bariatric surgery is usually minimally invasive, also known as laparoscopic. Laparoscopic surgery results in fewer post-operative complications and pain and allows for an earlier return of bowel function. GBMC's COMP surgeons are additionally trained in single incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS), an approach resulting in minimal scarring.
Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery: Most of the stomach is sealed off using a band or surgical staples, except for a small pouch, which is then connected to the middle of the small intestine. The new connection bypasses the bottom portion of the stomach and top portion of the small intestine. This method works by restricting the intake of food well as preventing the body from absorbing all of the food eaten (malabsorption). It is the most common and offers the best weight loss of all of the surgery options. To learn more about the types of bariatric surgery, attend a free Bariatric Surgery Information Session.
Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding (Lap-Band® or Realize Band®): Gastric banding surgery is less invasive than gastric bypass surgery. During gastric banding surgery, an adjustable band is placed around the top portion of the stomach, limiting the amount of food a person can take in. Although overall weight loss is less than that achieved through gastric bypass, the risk of complications is reduced. To learn more about the types of bariatric surgery, attend a free Bariatric Surgery Information Session.
Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy: Most of the stomach is removed and the remaining portion is a long tube or "sleeve." The basic anatomy of the digestive system does not change. This procedure reduces complications, decreases the risk of vitamin deficiencies and produces comparable weight loss to that of other types of bariatric surgery. To learn more about the types of bariatric surgery, attend a free Bariatric Surgery Information Session.