Weight Loss Surgery | UnityPoint Health - Des Moines

Weight Loss Surgery Options

UnityPoint Weight Loss in Des Moines is an accredited bariatric surgery center

Weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery) can be a very beneficial procedure, and is the beginning of a lifelong commitment to health. Because there are different types of bariatric surgery, it is important to consider a number of factors before selecting the procedure that is best for you, including:

  • Your weight loss goals 
  • Your physician and surgeon's preference 
  • Your current health 
  • Which procedures are covered by your insurance

General Types of Bariatric Surgery

There are two basic types of weight loss surgery that help with weight loss in different ways. 

Restrictive Bariatric Surgeries 

Restrictive bariatric surgeries work by physically restricting the size of the stomach and slowing down digestion. A normal stomach can hold about three pints of food. After weight loss surgery, the stomach may at first hold as little as an ounce, although later that could stretch to two or three ounces. The smaller the stomach, the less you can eat. The less you eat, the more weight you lose.

Malabsorptive/Restrictive Bariatric Surgeries

Malabsorptive/restrictive bariatric surgeries are more invasive surgeries that work by changing how you take in food. In addition to restricting the size of the stomach, these surgeries physically remove parts of your digestive tract, which makes it harder for your body to absorb calories. Purely malabsorptive surgeries , also called intestinal bypasses, are no longer done because of the side effects.

Weight Loss Procedures Offered at UnityPoint Clinic - Weight Loss

There are many specific types of bariatric surgeries, each with several variations. Our board-certified surgeons offer minimally invasive and traditional surgical approaches to weight loss. Our office in Des Moines performs the following types of bariatric surgeries:

Because every person is different, our team will help find the surgical weight loss approach that will produce the best results for you.

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