Weight Loss Procedure Options at St. Joseph Hospital
- A silicone adjustable gastric band is surgically placed at the upper part
of the stomach. This silicone band creates a small pouch that limits the
amount of food that can be consumed at one time. The degree of band tightness
limits the amount of food you can eat, causing you to feel full sooner
and stay full longer. Food continues to pass normally through the digestive
tract, allowing nutrients to be fully absorbed by the body.
Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (Sleeve Gastrectomy)
- The Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy is a surgical weight loss procedure that
reduces the stomach to approximately 20 percent of its original size.
The newly reduced stomach size looks like the shape of a sleeve or a small
banana. Food continues to pass normally through the digestive tract, allowing
nutrients to be fully absorbed by the body. The smaller stomach pouch
limits the amount of food that can be consumed at one time, so you feel
full sooner and for a longer amount of time.
Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass
- A smaller stomach pouch is created from the upper part of the stomach.
This newly formed stomach pouch is the approximate size of a golf ball.
A portion of the small intestine is attached to the base of the new stomach
pouch. The connection of the stomach pouch and small intestine creates
a junction known as the anastomosis, which limits the speed by which the
food passes into the small intestine. The larger portion of the stomach
and the duodenum is bypassed, which causes some malabsorption of vitamins
and minerals. The newly formed smaller stomach pouch limits, or restricts,
the amount of food that can be consumed at one time, giving the feeling
Revision Bariatric Surgery
- There are many reasons patients may desire a revision bariatric surgery.
Some bariatric surgery procedures may have offered inadequate weight loss
due to failure of an implanted device, a stomach pouch or stoma that has
become too large, or perhaps a single procedure did not offer the desired
weight loss results. When the weight loss has not been optimized, the
first step is a consultation with a bariatric surgeon. Diagnostic procedures
can assist the surgeon in determining where the weight loss failure has
occurred. The surgeon can then direct the patient to the best options
for weight loss and resolution of co-morbid diseases.
Surgery is a Tool
- All bariatric surgery procedures are considered "tools" that
work best in conjunction with lifestyle changes, exercise, and modification
of diet and behaviors. St. Joseph Hospital offers many classes in dietary
instruction, behavior modification, exercise and healthy cooking to help
patients reach their weight loss goals. In addition, our bariatric surgeons
offer support groups and educational classes to enhance the patient’s
surgical weight loss journey.
For more information or a complete listing of our weight loss classes, visit
sjo.org/calendar or call 866-459-DOCS (3627).