The MMC Weight & Wellness Program offers two types of weight loss operations, both of which are performed laparoscopically. Laparoscopically means the surgery is performed through small incisions with the assistance of a video camera. This type of surgery typically results in a faster, more comfortable recovery.
1. Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass
This procedure involves separating the stomach into two chambers, one very small and one large. A portion of the small intestine is then connected to the small stomach chamber. The operation works by giving patients a feeling of fullness after eating very little food. On average, patients lose 50-70% of their excess body weight.>>>More
2. Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy
Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy surgery works in one way: it is restrictive. Commonly referred to as the “sleeve” procedure, this surgery is restrictive because 60-70% of the stomach is permanently removed. Most people feel satisfied after eating a very small amount of food. The result is weight loss due to eating less and feeling full more quickly.
The vertical sleeve gastrectomy begins by placing a guide down into the stomach through to the small intestines. A banana-shaped tube is created by cutting the stomach and securing it with staples. This is the restrictive potion of the operation. The remainder of the stomach is removed from the body permanently. This procedure will take approximately 1-2 hours in the operating room. Patients can plan on staying in the hospital for about 2 days after surgery. Most patients return to work or usual daily activities in 2-3 weeks.