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Bariatric, or obesity, surgery began more than 50 years ago when surgeons recognized the deadliness of significant obesity. Their initial attempt, though successful, had dangerous side effects. New surgical approaches have fewer risks.

Bariatrics & Surgical Weight Loss Conditions & Treatments

These newer approaches have proved durable, with weight loss being maintained for at least 15 years.

Historically, two principles have been incorporated in the surgeries for obesity: Restriction or the reduction in the amount of food the stomach can hold and malabsorption, or the inability of the body to absorb or use nutrients from the food consumed. Whether one or both principles are used, they must be applied with moderation to prevent unwanted side effects. Three procedures that employ these techniques well – adjustable gastric banding, sleeve gastrectomy and gastric bypass — are performed in our program.


Adjustable Gastric Band

Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding: The LAP-BAND® is a device surgically applied to the upper part of the stomach to restrict the amount of food entering the stomach.


Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy

Sleeve gastrectomy is a restrictive bariatric surgery. During this procedure, the surgeon creates a small, sleeve-shaped stomach. It is larger than the stomach pouch created during Roux-en-Y bypass and is about the size of a banana.


Gastic Bypass (Roux-en-Y)

Gastric Bypass Surgery (also called Roux-en-Y Surgery) uses two techniques to help produce long-term weight loss. It is “restrictive” in that it makes your stomach smaller, limiting the amount of food you need to feel full. It is also “malabsorptive” because it bypasses a major portion of your small intestine where calories are absorbed. Combined, these techniques help lead to weight loss.

Centers for Surgical Weight Loss