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Bariatric Procedures

Roux-en Y Divided Gastric Bypass Surgery

The Roux-en Y procedure reduces the capacity of the stomach to a small pouch that holds about one ounce of food. The pouch is completely divided from the stomach and is connected to the small intestine so that it can empty. Limiting the amount of food a patient can eat and the number of calories that the patient’s body can absorb helps the patient achieve dramatic weight loss while often controlling Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, and other health problems.

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Adjustable Gastric Band

The adjustable gastric band is the only adjustable surgical treatment for morbid obesity. It induces weight loss by reducing the capacity of the stomach, which restricts the amount of food that can be consumed. During the procedure, surgeons usually use laparoscopic techniques to implant an inflatable silicone band into the patient’s abdomen. Like a wristwatch, the band is fastened around the upper stomach to create a new, tiny stomach pouch that limits and controls the amount of food that is eaten. It also creates a small outlet that slows the emptying process into the stomach and small intestine. As a result, patients experience an earlier sensation of fullness and are satisfied with smaller amounts of food.

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Gastric Sleeve

Sleeve gastrectomy is a restrictive surgery permanently reduces the size of the stomach by about 85 percent. This procedure is helpful for patients who wish to lose weight but have health conditions that make combined restrictive/malabsorptive surgery less safe at this point in time.

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