Bariatric surgery helps the very obese achieve a healthier weight when routine diet and exercise or medications have failed. Weight loss surgery works by restricting how much a person can eat and/or decreasing the amount of calories the body can absorb. The Bariatric Surgery Center at Excela Health offers three types of surgery, the Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass, the adjustable LAP-BAND and Sleeve Gastrectomy.
A bariatric community meeting and seminar schedule is available here.
The minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery used by surgeons at Excela Health offers these benefits:
- Smaller incisions
- Lower risk of infection
- Faster recovery
- Less pain
- Lower risk of hernia
Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass
Decreased calorie absorption occurs when the route from the stomach to a portion of the small intestine is bypassed. The stomach is made into a pouch that holds less food. Both the bypass and smaller pouch allow you to eat and absorb less food, resulting in weight loss.
A collar is placed around the upper stomach, reducing the amount that can be eaten. The collar is adjustable and allows you to feel fuller more quickly.
A weight loss procedure that permanently reduces the size of the stomach. The surgery creates a thin "sleeve" of stomach, removing the rest. Patients experience significant weight loss and improvements to their health. The procedure limits the amount of food a person can eat and helps the person feel fuller, sooner.
The Excela Health Bariatric Surgery Center is now an "American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence®"