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Bariatric Procedures

Bariatric surgery is a gastrointestinal surgery for obesity. It is an option for persons who are obese and cannot lose weight on their own or who have serious obesity-related health problems.  The surgery promotes weight loss by restricting how much food a person can eat.  Bariatric surgery at St. Francis is performed through small incisions instead of a larger incision..

Gastric bypass surgery creates a smaller stomach and allows food to pass around the first part of the small intestine.  You will feel full more quickly than when your stomach was its original size, which reduces the amount of food you eat.  Bypassing part of the intestine also results in fewer calories being absorbed. This leads to weight loss.

Adjustable gastric banding is a restrictive type of weight loss surgery. It involves placing an inflatable silicone band around the upper stomach to restrict food intake. The band can be tightened or loosened over time to change the size of the passage.

Sleeve Gastrectomy creates a thin sleeve of stomach by using a stapling device, and removal of the rest of the stomach.  The sleeve is about the size of a banana which limits the amount of food which you can eat and helps you feel full sooner.

The sleeve can be the first step before gastric bypass or it can be a single procedure.  If a sleeve gastrectomy is used as part of a two step procedure, the first step is for the surgeon to create a small stomach “sleeve”.  After a period of time the gastric bypass procedure would be done.  This allows food to bypass the first part of the small intestine resulting in fewer calories being absorbed and a reduced amount of food you can eat.  The two step procedure is usually done in patients with a BMI greater than 50 or in high risk patients.

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