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What Are My Options?

Bariatric surgery can be a life changing procedure with the potential goal of decreasing your weight by at least 50% of excess body weight and resolving any diseases that are being caused or worsened by excess weight. It is important to note that bariatric surgery is not a way to lose weight fast and requires dedication to proper diet and exercise.

Weight loss surgery is performed on the stomach and intestine causing a reduction of food intake.  The goal of surgery is to reduce the size of the stomach which will limit the amount of food you can eat and digest. Resulting in a significant amount of weight loss. You may return to a normal life after surgery, however for long-term weight loss success, you will be required to change your lifestyle through consumption of healthier foods choices, being physically active and by having strong support systems.

There are a variety of bariatric surgeries that can be effective and are divided into groups by how they affect your digestive system. The three types of bariatric surgery performed at UnityPoint Health Weight Loss & Surgery Clinic include Gastric Bypass, Lap-Band® and Gastric Sleeve.    

Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass (RNYGB)

  • Restrictive & Mal-absorptive Procedure.
  • Small intestines are bypassed, limiting the absorption of calories and nutrients.
  • Food is delayed in mixing.
  • Results in an early sense of fullness, combined with a sense of satisfaction that reduces the desire to eat.
  • Surgery is permanent and cannot be reversed.
  • Requires a life-long eating pattern, physical activity most days per week and nutritional supplementation (multi-vitamins).
  • Expected weight loss is approximately 60 pounds in the first 3 months and 70% of excess body weight in 12 months!

Lap-Band®

  • Restrictive Procedure.
  • The gastric band is an inflatable silicone-type device that is placed around the top portion of the stomach creating a small pouch.
  • The band can be adjusted to a person's needs after surgery during a visit to the surgeon's office or under an x-ray machine at the hospital.
  • The new, smaller pouch fills with food quickly and the passage of food from the top to the bottom of the stomach is slowed, resulting in an early sense of fullness, combined with a sense of satisfaction that reduces the desire to eat.
  • It is fully reversible and can be removed if needed.
  • Expected weight loss is approximately 60 pounds in 12 months and 50% of weight in 24 months!

Sleeve Gastrectomy

  • Restrictive procedure.
  • A portion of the stomach is removed permanently and cannot be reversed. A long slender pouch (about the size of a banana) is formed, reducing its capacity to hold food.
  • Results in an early sense of fullness, combined with a sense of satisfaction that reduces the desire to eat.
  • There is no change in the small/large intestine anatomy.
  • The pyloric sphincter, a strong ring of smooth muscle at the end of the stomach canal that lets food pass from the stomach to the small intestine, is preserved.
  • This acts like a band allowing food to empty slowly into the small intestine for normal digestion.
  • Expected weight loss is approximately 40-50 pounds in first 2 months and estimated 50% of their excess body weight in 12 month period!

Ready to start your weight loss journey? Register for a Bariatric Weight Loss Information Seminar.