Overview-Using a laparoscopic (minimally invasive technique) the procedure involves removing a section of your stomach, leaving you with a smaller sized stomach about the size of a banana. This limits food intake, making you feel full sooner and eliminating your hunger drive.
Surgery benefits–Comorbid conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and obstructive sleep apnea among others are improved or completely resolved. Other advantages include improvement in weight loss, cost savings, better quality of life and improved self-esteem.
Overview–Using a laparoscopic (minimally invasive technique), the Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass works by two methods. It works by restriction as well as by malabsorption. This method not only limits food intake but also limits the amount of calories your body absorbs.
How it works–During the Gastric Bypass procedure, the surgeon creates a stomach pouch that significantly reduces overall stomach size and the amount of food it can hold.
- The pouch is surgically attached to the middle of the small intestine, thereby bypassing the rest of the stomach and the upper portion of the small intestine.
- The smaller stomach size helps patients feel full more quickly, which reduces food intake.
- Bypassing part of the intestine limits calorie absorption.
Surgery benefits-Gastric bypass also produces profound physiologic and metabolic changes in many organs as a result of surgical anatomic manipulation. This causes known profound effects in promoting the resolution of diabetic patients. Other weight loss related improvements are also seen in hypertension, high cholesterol, and sleep apnea among others.
ADJUSTABLE GASTRIC BAND
Overview-Also referred as the Lap Band, this device is the only one out of the three surgeries that involves the placement of a foreign body around the stomach. This produces a restrictive effect, which helps to reduce the amount of food that can in ingested by a person. The Lap Band is also connected to a port, which can be adjusted as needed in your surgeons office to provide more restriction and to promote weight loss. It does require a more stringent follow up routine.