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Lose weight…feel great!
At Regional West, we offer three options in weight loss surgery. Your surgeon will help you decide which type of surgery would be best for you, based on your health, and your personal weight loss goals.
Lap band surgery is a minimally invasive, reversible procedure that decreases the size of the stomach to reduce food intake. An adjustable silicone band is placed on the upper portion of the stomach through minimally invasive surgery. It can be tightened to restrict the size of the stomach by adding saline to fill the band. The tightening procedure is done at the doctor’s office. When the band is tightened, it presses on the nerves to decrease appetite and further restrict the amount of food that can be eaten. The average weight loss for this procedure is 60 percent of excess body weight.
Gastric bypass surgery, also known as Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, is the most common type of weight loss surgery. During the minimally invasive surgical procedure, the surgeon creates a small pouch out of the top of the stomach and attaches it directly to the small intestine. This small stomach pouch restricts the absorption of nutrients and the amount of food a person can eat; resulting in a feeling of fullness after consuming much smaller meals.
Because the procedure is permanent, those who undergo gastric bypass surgery must make permanent healthy changes to their diet and get regular exercise to help ensure the long-term success of the bypass surgery. The average weight loss for this procedure is 80 percent or more of excess body weight. This procedure is well documented to resolve or reduce diabetes and sleep apnea.