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Surgical Options for Weight Loss

The decision to have weight-loss surgery can only be made after educating yourself on the available options and the benefits and risks of each surgery.

Adjustable Gastric Band (Lap-band):

Gastric BandDuring the laparoscopic adjustable gastric band surgery, the surgeon places an adjustable band around the top part of the stomach, creating a smaller pouch.

The band is connected to tubing and an access port which is placed under the skin. The surgeon injects saline into the port to make the band tighter.  This will limit how much food can be eaten and how fast it empties into the larger portion of the stomach. 

The surgeon can also take out fluid from the port if the band is too tight. The average weight lost with the band is approximately 40% of patient’s excess body weight.

Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy:

Vertical Sleeve GastrectomyDuring the laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, the surgeon removes about 80% of the stomach, including the part that makes the hunger hormones. The stomach is reduced to the size of a banana. This causes a feeling of fullness after eating a small amount of food. On average gastric sleeve patients will lose 60% of their excess body weight. Because you are not able to eat much food, you will need to take vitamin supplements the rest of your life.

Gastric Bypass: (Roux-en-Y)

Bypass before and afterDuring the gastric bypass surgery, a small pouch is created and separated from the rest of the stomach. The new pouch (stomach), which is about the size of an egg, is then attached to the lower portion of the small intestine. This pouch holds much less food and you feel full after eating only a few ounces of food. This reduces the number of calories and nutrients you can absorb from the food you eat. On average, gastric bypass patients will lose approximately 70% of their excess body weight. Because you are not able to eat much food, you will need to take vitamin supplements for the rest of your life.

Contact Us

OMC's weight-loss surgery team can be reached Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (except on holidays), at:

tel: 507.529.6733 

Mailing address:

Olmsted Medical Center
Attn: Weight Loss Surgery
1650 Fourth Street SE 
Rochester, MN 55904

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