Types of Weight Loss Surgery

The decision to have weight loss surgery is personal. Woman’s can help you choose the plan that’s right for you.

The decision to undergo weight loss surgery is complex and most importantly, very personal. Our bariatric surgeons understand your unique and personal health issues and can help you find the right solution.

Weight loss surgery works by:

  • Limiting the amount of food consumed (restrictive procedures)
  • Interrupting the absorption of food consumed or taken in by the body (malabsorptive procedures)
  • Limiting food intake and absorption

Adjustable Gastric Banding

Video: Adjustable Gastric Band

Gastric banding is a restrictive surgical procedure in which a silicone band is placed around the uppermost part of the stomach. This limits the amount of food that you can comfortably eat at one time. The band is adjustable and can be periodically tightened or loosened depending on your needs. Food passes through the digestive tract and is fully absorbed by your body. Gastric banding is reversible.

Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy

Video: Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy

Vertical sleeve gastrectomy is a restrictive surgical procedure. Your surgeon creates a small, sleeve-shaped stomach by removing the majority of the stomach. The smaller sleeve stomach is roughly the size of a medium banana, larger than the stomach pouch created during gastric bypass surgery. Food passes through the digestive tract normally and is fully absorbed by the body. The sleeve gastrectomy is not reversible.

Gastric Bypass (Roux-en-Y)

Video: Gastric Bypass

Roux-en-Y (pronounced ROO-en-why) gastric bypass surgery is a restrictive and malabsorptive procedure. Your surgeon creates a small stomach pouch that restricts the amount of food you can comfortably eat. The digestive tract is rerouted, bypassing the duodenum, which decreases the amount of nutrients, fat and calories your body absorbs.

Open Surgery vs Laparoscopic Surgery

During open surgery, your surgeon creates a long incision to open the abdomen and operates with "traditional" medical instruments.

Laparoscopic surgery, or minimally invasive surgery, allows your surgeon to perform the same types of procedures using several small incisions, a fiber-optic camera, a video monitor and long-handled precision instruments.