3 Common Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery Methods

If managing your weight has felt like a losing battle, even with exercise and other lifestyle changes, bariatric surgery may help you live a healthier life. Being overweight can lead to serious medical conditions, such as diabetes, sleep apnea, high cholesterol, an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, and more. In addition to proper diet and an active lifestyle, weight loss surgery can be a great way to avoid these chronic issues. The three main bariatric surgery options offered by the Center for Surgical Weight Loss at Riverside Community Hospital include LapBand, gastric bypass, and sleeve gastrectomy.

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  1. Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding
    This surgery, more commonly known as LapBand, limits stomach capacity using an inflatable band that is placed around the upper portion of the stomach. This band is adjusted in the clinic for optimal weight loss. The procedure itself rarely takes more than an hour and is performed on an outpatient basis, meaning you will be able to go home on the same day as the surgery.
  2. Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass
    This procedure also reduces stomach size and capacity, but instead of using a band, the stomach is stapled to separate the upper portion. Part of the intestine is also bypassed to prevent the intestines from absorbing some ingested calories. This procedure typically takes 90 minutes and is done on an inpatient basis.

  3. Sleeve Gastrectomy
    When a sleeve gastrectomy is performed, a portion of the stomach is removed, creating a ‘sleeve’ or ‘banana-shaped’ stomach. This reduces the capacity of the stomach and increases the feeling of fullness. The surgery takes about 75 minutes and is performed on an inpatient basis.

All of these procedures are minimally invasive (performed through tiny incisions), resulting in decreased scarring, pain, and chances of infection. To learn whether you are a candidate for any of these life-altering procedures, contact Riverside Community Hospital at (951) 788-3000 or visit our website for more information.

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