Weight Loss Surgery Options
At Beltline Bariatric & Surgical Group, our team specializes in a number of cutting-edge weight loss procedures, including gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, the duodenal switch, and gastric balloon. Whenever possible, we use minimally-invasive laparoscopic surgical techniques to help minimize postoperative pain, complications, and scarring so you can feel better, faster.
To help you understand the weight loss surgery options that we offer, we've prepared this brief overview of each procedure.
Roux-en-Y gastric bypass is one of the most popular weight loss surgery options available today. During this operation, your bariatric surgeon uses laparoscopic tools to bypass a large portion of your stomach and duodenum, creating a small stomach pouch.
This new, smaller stomach pouch holds much less food than your natural stomach - as a result, you'll feel full and satisfied on smaller portion sizes, leading to a significant reduction in the amount of calories you can take in.
Because a large section of your intestine is bypassed, you will also absorb fewer calories - this is why gastric bypass is known as a 'restrictive-malabsorptive' weight loss procedure.
Sleeve gastrectomy is a restrictive weight loss procedure that removes approximately 80 percent of your stomach to create a small, banana-shaped stomach sleeve that fills up quickly when you eat, helping you to feel satisfied on smaller portions.
Because there are no changes made to the actual path food takes through your digestive system during sleeve gastrectomy surgery, there is a reduced risk of nutritional deficiencies and gastric dumping when compared to other weight loss surgery options.
Duodenal switch surgery combines both a gastric bypass and a sleeve gastrectomy to remove approximately 80 percent of your stomach and bypass the upper portion of your small intestine.
This weight loss procedure is designed to restrict caloric intake by shrinking the capacity of the stomach, and alter the hormonal and metabolic functions in your digestive system.
Generally speaking, only patients who have a body mass index (BMI) of 50 or greater are considered to be good candidates for the duodenal switch, as this procedure involves the most dramatic surgical changes of all current weight loss surgery options.
The gastric balloon is a non-invasive, non-surgical obesity treatment option which is designed to be used in combination with a medically-supervised diet and exercise program. Also known as an intragastric balloon, this procedure involves the temporary (up to 6 months) placement of a small, saline-filled balloon inside your stomach to help you feel fuller, faster.
To place the gastric balloon, your bariatric surgeon will insert a flexible medical instrument known as a catheter into your stomach via your mouth, followed by an endoscope. The balloon is then passed down the endoscope and inflated with saline. In most cases, the procedure takes about 20-30 minutes and is performed on an outpatient basis.
To learn more about your weight loss surgery options, contact us here at Beltline Bariatric and Surgical Group to enroll in one of our free bariatric patient education seminars.