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Weight Loss Surgeries

Surgical weight loss is a proven, durable commitment to improving your health. Weight loss surgery is an option if your BMI is greater than 35 and you have not been able to lose weight through diet and exercise. However, surgical weight loss is not a "quick fix" for obesity. It will take a firm commitment to diet and exercise post-surgery to maintain results.

The two surgical procedures we offer are:

Sleeve Gastrectomy

sleeve gastrectonomy

This is a procedure that permanently reduces the size of the stomach. Part of the stomach is separated and removed from the body. The remaining stomach is formed into a tube-like structure. This new, smaller stomach cannot hold as much food and produces less of the appetite-regulating hormone ghrelin, which may lessen your desire to eat. However, sleeve gastrectomy does not affect the absorption of calories and nutrients in the intestines.

For more information on this procedure, please contact us.

Laparoscopic Gastric Banding (LAP-Band)

 LAP-Band

The adjustable gastric band contains an inflatable balloon placed around the upper part of the stomach and is fixed in place. This creates a small stomach pouch above the band with a very narrow opening to the rest of the stomach. A port is then placed under the skin of the abdomen. A tube connects the port to the band. By injecting or removing fluid through the port, the balloon can be inflated or deflated to adjust the size of the band. Gastric banding restricts the amount of food that your stomach can hold, so you feel full sooner, but it doesn't reduce the absorption of calories and nutrients. Patients who select this option have the chance to have the procedure reversed, shorter recovery time and a lower risk profile for surgery.

For more information on this procedure, please contact us.


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