During gastric bypass surgery, surgeons create a smaller stomach which significantly reduces the amount of food an individual can eat. The small intestine is realigned so food moves past the upper digestive system. This helps reduces the number of calories the body can consume. Ongoing research indicates that gastric bypass surgery appears to help manage Type 2 diabetes.
A long, narrow vertical pouch (about 2-3 ounces) is created by stapling and removing approximately 85% of the stomach. Sleeve Gastrectomy significantly restricts the volume of food that can be eaten. There is no rerouting of the intestines, therefore this surgery causes no malabsorption of nutrients.
There are multiple revisional surgery options.
- Removal of the band is the most common revisional surgery.
- Removal of the band and conversion to a gastric bypass or gastric sleeve.
- Conversion of gastric sleeve to gastric bypass.
Laparoscopic and Advanced-Robotics Surgery
All procedures are performed laparoscopically or with advanced robotics to minimize scaring and accelerate healing.