We will work with you to determine your ideal weight loss surgery option.
Currently, there are many options available to weight loss surgery candidates. Your bariatric surgeon will work with you to determine which is ideal for your situation. Of course, there are several steps that you should complete before surgery and your team will assist you in completing those so that you are completely prepared for your procedure. Our goal is for you to understand all your options, feel comfortable about your choices and your team, and find the right option to help you live your reason.
Redefine surgical weight loss options
The Redefine affiliated bariatric surgeons are able to perform several different weight loss procedures at our bariatric centers of excellence, which are fully accredited by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). This designation is reserved for weight loss surgery programs that have demonstrated a history of successful bariatric surgery patient outcomes.
Because you and your reason are unique, only you, your surgeon and your weight loss team can determine which procedure is right for you.
Adjustable gastric banding
This operation involves placing a “band” around the upper part of the stomach. The “band” separates the stomach into a tiny upper pouch and a larger lower pouch. This band is slows the passage of food from the upper pouch to the lower pouch, resulting in patients feeling “full” with smaller amounts of food.
Performed since the 1960’s, gastric bypass divides the stomach into a small pouch and a larger pouch. The small pouch is then connected to the lower small intestine, bypassing the larger pouch and the upper small intestine. This leads to patients feeling full much sooner, due to smaller stomach volume and earlier release of intestinal hormones that make you feel less hungry.
This is a non-surgical procedure that involves the physician placing and inflating a balloon in the stomach in order to reduce stomach capacity. Gastric balloons help patients adjust their portion size, and over time this new healthier portion size, in combination with a healthy diet, results in weight loss.
Designed for those who are uncomfortable with devices being placed or intestinal rerouting, sleeve gastrectomy involves the removal of the majority of the stomach. Essentially, a smaller stomach can tolerate a smaller amount of food before a patient feels full. Combined with healthy dietary choices, this can be a very effective, dramatic weight loss method.
In this procedure, the majority of the stomach is removed. The small intestine is rerouted to encourage decreased absorption of fat, calories and other nutrients, which may result in increased weight-loss. A smaller stomach capacity, combined with less opportunity to absorb fat and calories from food (and a healthy diet), should result in weight loss.
Bariatric revision surgery
It is not uncommon for patients who have undergone weight loss surgery in the past to require surgical revision, most often due to advancements in surgical techniques. While the lap band procedure was popular for many years, lap band patients experienced mixed results. Many were unable to achieve their long-term goals.
If you’ve undergone bariatric weight loss surgery that resulted in unexpected complications or procedures have stopped working over time, it may be necessary to undergo additional procedures to correct the anomaly. Our physicians have a wide array of experience in diagnosing and correcting complicated bariatric surgical issues.
If you believe you are a candidate for revisional surgery, your bariatric surgeon will discuss options with you.