About Weight Loss Surgery
We offer minimally invasive techniques for weight loss surgery, including laparoscopic bypass, laparoscopic banding and laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy. Gastric bypass offers restriction and malabsorption, while banding and sleeve gastrectomy are primarily restictve. All of these procedures have been shown to be safe and effective.
Revisional weight loss surgery is also offered. These operations are generally reserved for those who have had prior weight loss surgery but failed to lose adequate weight or have regained significant weight. Revisional surgery is generally more complex with higher operative risks. Gastric pouch enlargement from overeating is one of the most common causes of weight regain. In select patients, pouch reduction can be performed by a very minimally invasive technique using a device called StomaphyX™. For more information about this device, please visit the website www.stomaphyx.com.
In 1991, the National Institutes of Health officially endorsed certain type of weight loss surgeries as accepted treatments for selected patients. Since 2006, Medicare has also approved and endorsed these operations as well. The surgery is normally reserved for patients who are morbidly obese (BMI over 40). However, patients at lower weights (BMI of 35 or more) with serious obesity-related medical conditions may be considered for the surgery.
Weight loss surgery is primarily performed by laparoscopic (“keyhole”) techniques. In laparoscopic surgery, the operation is performed by placing thin, long instruments and a small, lighted telescope through several small incisions (each less than ½ an inch) in the abdomen.
Compared with the traditional long abdominal incision, these smaller incisions are less painful, faster to heal, and have lower risk of infection and hernia formation.