Sometimes weight can be managed through lifestyle changes like diet and exercise. At other times, medical support may help get individuals the start they need. Bariatric surgery, or weight loss surgery, is a common and safe option to help you achieve your goals. Depending on the type of surgery, weight loss occurs by either reducing the size of the stomach, or changing how nutrients are absorbed.

You must meet certain criteria to be a candidate for weight loss surgery. Our surgeons and staff are committed to guiding you through your weight loss surgery. Surgery is the first step in this journey. Following the meal plan recommended by your care team and increasing physical activity will increase your chance of long-term weight loss success.

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Our Team

Our bariatric surgeons are specially trained to perform different types of weight loss surgery depending on which treatment works for you. We offer minimally invasive robotic and laparoscopic weight loss surgeries, which are more precise and advanced forms of surgery and result in less pain and faster recovery for our patients.

Types of Weight Loss Surgery

Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy

Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy involves removing 85-90 percent of the stomach. Removing that portion of the stomach reduces the volume of the stomach as well as certain hormones that control hunger. The sleeve gastrectomy is an excellent option for certain patients and generally results in 60% excess weight loss at one year. The operation usually takes an hour to 90 minutes. Most of our patients stay only one night in the hospital.

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Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass

Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass is the gold standard for bariatric operations. The operation consist of two major components. One is the creation of a small gastric pouch and the other is the re-routing of the small intestines. The operation combines a restrictive operation which limits the amount of food a patient can eat but also adds a malabsorptive operation which decreases the amount of calories that are actually absorbed. Patients lose 70 to 80 percent of excess weight loss at one year and may be a better option for patients with certain comorbidities such as diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, or cardiac conditions. The procedure usually takes 90-120 minutes, but is also performed with robotic or laparoscopic techniques. The patient usually stays one or two days in the hospital.

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Laparoscopic Gastric Banding

Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding involves placing an inflatable balloon-type device around the upper portion of the stomach. This device is connected to a port placed underneath the skin that allows inflation or deflation of the band. The band is adjusted frequently in the office. Patients lose 40-60 percent of excess weight loss over three years. The band has lost its popularity given the inferior weight loss results and some complications reported over the years. Our team does not implant gastric bands currently, but we evaluate patients with gastric bands that are looking for another option for weight loss. After removing a band the patient can have a sleeve or a gastric bypass depending on careful evaluation and individual considerations.

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Endoscopic Gastric Balloon Placement

A non-surgical weight loss option is the intragastric balloon placement. An inflatable balloon is introduced into the stomach with an endoscope under anesthesia. Once in the stomach the balloon is inflated with saline solution. This results in decreased hunger response and increased satiety with less volume of food intake. The balloon stays in place for approximately 6 months and is then removed endoscopically as well. This is not a long-term weight loss option but can help you start healthier habits and lifestyle without having to undergo a major surgical intervention.