Choosing A Procedure

Deciding to undergo weight loss surgery can be a difficult and overwhelming task. After making the decision to finally have bariatric surgery, there are still many different weight loss procedures to choose from.

The best weight loss procedure for you depends on a number of factors: your goals, your surgeon’s recommendation, your current health status, and which procedures are covered by your health insurance provider.

Choosing a specific surgical approach will require a lot of thought and discussion with your surgeon. Here’s some basic information on weight loss surgery to get you started.

Sleeve Gastrectomy Diagram

Gastric Restrictive Procedures

Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy

Vertical sleeve gastrectomy is a purely restrictive procedure. In this procedure the upper stomach near the esophagus is stapled vertically for about 2-1/2 inches (6 cm) to create a vertical stomach pouch.

The outlet from the pouch is restricted which the emptying of the food and thus creates the feeling of fullness.

Gastric Bypass Diagram

Restrictive & Malabsorptive Procedure

Gastric Bypass Surgery (Roux-en-Y)

In recent years, better clinical understanding of procedures combining restrictive and malabsorptive approaches such as gastric bypass surgery has increased the choices of effective weight loss surgery for thousands of patients.

By adding malabsorption, food is delayed in mixing with bile and pancreatic juices that aid in the absorption of nutrients. The result is an early sense of fullness, combined with a sense of satisfaction that reduces the desire to eat.

Gastric Band Diagram

Restrictive Procedures

Lap Band Surgery / Realize Band Surgery

The LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding System is a surgical treatment for morbid obesity in the United States.

It induces weight loss by reducing the capacity of the stomach via a silicone band, thereby restricting the amount of food that can be consumed at one time. The band can be adjusted to increase or decrease the amount of restriction.

These different methods work to help patients lose excess weight, lower their BMI, and transform their health by resolving or improving co-morbid conditions. Bariatric surgery has many benefits that can lead to a healthier, higher quality of life. It also has certain risks.

Gastric Balloon Diagram

Gastric Balloon

ReShape® Dual Gastric Balloon Procedure

With the ReShape® Dual Gastric Balloon procedure, two connected balloons filled with saline (salt water) are placed temporarily inside your stomach in an outpatient medical setting. The procedure lasts about 20 minutes while you are comfortably sedated under light anesthesia. An endoscope is used to insert the balloons into the stomach, and saline is used to inflate the balloons when they are properly positioned. Once the balloons are inflated, the endoscope is removed and the insertion procedure is complete. The balloons remain in the stomach for 6 months.

Next Step: Insurance & Financing

Now that you’ve had an opportunity to read about your surgical options, your next step is to find out about your insurance coverage, bariatric surgery benefits and financing options.