Types of Weight Loss Surgery

Mount Sinai South Nassau Weight Loss Surgery

Whether or not surgery is right for you is a discussion you should have with your weight loss surgeon. But to help you get started, here are some things to consider:

At Mount Sinai South Nassau's Bariatric and Metabolic Program, we understand that making the decision to have weight loss surgery is a big step. It’s also a commitment to leading your healthy lifestyle. Our team is dedicated and experienced in helping you throughout the weight loss surgery process through education, support groups, and nutritional guidance.

Our experienced surgeons perform bariatric surgery laparoscopically or robotically, which means that the surgery is done through several small incisions. The allows faster recovery, less incisional pain.

Sleeve Gastrectomy

Sleeve Gastrectomy

What Sleeve Gastrectomy?

For this procedure, a bariatric surgeon removes part of the stomach and shapes the remaining stomach into a tube or “sleeve.” Removing part of the stomach reduces the size of the stomach and restricts the amount of food you can eat, helping you feel fuller sooner. Estimated weight loss: 70-80 percent of excess weight loss over two years.

Advantages of the Sleeve Gastrectomy

  • Reduced size of stomach, increases feeling of fullness
  • Does not involve the intestines
  • Stomach functions normally, allowing most foods to be eaten in smaller amounts
  • Less invasive than gastric bypass
  • Removes gland that secretes ghrelin, the hunger hormone
  • No foreign bodies (bands, tubes, etc.) permanently inside body

Gastric Bypass Surgery

Gastric Bypass Surgery

What is Gastric Bypass Surgery?

For this procedure, the surgeon creates a small stomach pouch and attaches a section of the small intestine directly to the pouch. This allows food to bypass a portion of the small intestine. By creating a smaller stomach pouch, a gastric bypass limits the amount of food that can be eaten at one time, so you feel full sooner and stay full longer. By bypassing a portion of the small intestine, it also causes your body to absorb fewer calories. As you eat less food, and absorb fewer calories, the body will stop storing excess calories and start using its fat supply for energy.

Advantages of Gastric Bypass

  • Longest track record compared to other weight loss surgeries
  • Weight loss tends to be greater than with LAP-BAND®

Disadvantages of Gastric Bypass

  • "Dumping syndrome," which causes abdominal cramps, nausea and diarrhea, occurs if sweets and chocolates are eaten
  • Surgery is permanent
  • More surgically involved than sleeve gastrectomy or LAP-BAND surgery, so there is greater risk

LAP-BAND® Surgery

LAP-BAND Surgery

What is LAP-BAND® surgery?

For this procedure, the surgeon creates a small stomach pouch and attaches a section of the small intestine directly to the pouch. This allows food to bypass a portion of the small intestine. By creating a smaller stomach pouch, a gastric bypass limits the amount of food that can be eaten at one time, so you feel full sooner and stay full longer. By bypassing a portion of the small intestine, it also causes your body to absorb fewer calories. As you eat less food, and absorb fewer calories, the body will stop storing excess calories and start using its fat supply for energy.

Advantages of LAP-BAND®

  • Least invasive surgery for weight loss
  • No intestinal rerouting; no cutting or stapling of the stomach wall or bowel
  • Adjustable band allows the surgeon to customize how food flows from one part of the stomach to the other, which is ideal for long-term weight loss
  • Adjustments performed without additional surgery
  • Approved for use during pregnancy
  • Removable at any time; stomach generally restores to its original form

Disadvantages of LAP-BAND®

  • Weight loss tends to be less than with gastric sleeve or gastric bypass procedures

To schedule a Consultation:

If you've been struggling with weight loss, the Bariatric and Metabolic Program at Mount Sinai South Nassau can help. To learn more about your weight loss surgery options call (516) 377-5336.

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