Mount Carmel offers three types of bariatric surgical solutions — the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery, adjustable gastric banding procedure and sleeve gastrectomy. All have proven safe and effective. Your unique needs and your bariatric surgeon will determine which procedure is right for you. It’s important to note that surgery is not a “cure” for morbid obesity, but these procedures can provide an effective long-term control.
Adjustable Gastric Banding
Adjustable gastricbanding is a minimally invasive surgery that involves applying a band around the stomach, creating a small gastric pouch and a calibrated opening to the rest of the stomach. This system limits the amount of food that the stomach will hold and controls the flow of food to the digestive tract. It is adjustable and reversible, has a decreased risk of complications, requires a shorter hospital stay and allows for a quicker recovery.
Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery
Gastric bypass surgery is a permanent solution in which our surgeons are experts at using open, laparoscopic and robotic techniques to make the stomach smaller and allow food to bypass part of the small intestine. Patients will feel full more quickly than when the stomach was its original size, which reduces the amount of calories that can be consumed. Gastric bypass is a more established procedure, and the resulting weight loss happens faster even though the recovery takes a little longer.
Typically performed on super obese or high-risk patients, sleeve gastrectomy is a laparoscopic surgery that uses several small incisions rather than one large one. During the procedure approximately 80 percent of the stomach is removed, leaving it in the shape of a tube or “sleeve.” Weight loss through sleeve gastrectomy is typically greater than with gastric banding but less than gastric bypass. If the surgeon believes the weight loss with this approach is inadequate, a second procedure to convert to a gastric bypass is sometimes employed.