What is bariatric surgery?
Bariatric surgery is the term to describe several weight loss surgery options that involve surgically reducing the size of the stomach or the surgical rerouting of the patient’s small intestines to decrease the stomach’s ability to take in food. The surgical changes to your body will then limit the number of calories your body will be able to absorb, thus resulting in weight-loss for the patient.
Archbold offers two bariatric weight loss surgery solutions using the latest innovations in laparoscopic surgery. This type of surgery, often referred to as minimally-invasive surgery, usually results in reduced pain and faster recovery times for patients. The bariatric weight loss surgery options at Archbold include roux-en-y gastric bypass and gastric sleeve resection.
With the roux-en-y gastric bypass the stomach is divided at top with a staple line creating a small pouch. The small intestine is divided about 40 inches from the stomach. The lower end is connected to the pouch to drain the stomach pouch. The remaining stomach with attached intestine is reconnected to the intestine forming the Y and carries digestive juices from the stomach, liver and pancreas. This has a 75% average excess body weight loss.
In the gastric sleeve resection, the stomach is divided using a staple line creating a small pouch. This creates a small stomach tube. The remaining piece of stomach is reversed, making this operation irreversible. This has a 60% excess body weight loss.