At White Plains Hospital, the vast majority of our bariatric surgery procedures are done laparoscopically, through just a few small incisions. This “minimally invasive” approach has many important advantages for patients, including less pain, fewer complications, faster healing and a quicker return to normal activities.
We perform three different types of weight loss surgery. Each type has particular advantages for certain types of patients, depending on your priorities and lifestyle. We’ll work closely with you to assess your needs and help identify the bariatric surgical procedure that is most likely to help you achieve your goal of lasting weight loss and a return to good health.
Considered the “gold standard” of weight loss surgery, the Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass is the most popular and the most effective bariatric procedure currently available here in the US. That’s in part because this technique helps patients lose weight in two ways:
- It reduces the size of your stomach. This limits the amount of food you can eat at one time.
- This procedure literally “bypasses” a portion of the intestine so that your body will absorb fewer calories from the food you eat.
Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass surgery is a good option for patients who have difficulty with portion control. The procedure requires a hospital stay of a couple of days, and a recovery period of a few weeks.
Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass
Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding has the advantage of being a quicker operation with a faster recovery time. Many patients return home the same day and are back to work within a few days. With this surgery, either the LapBand ™ or the Realize Band ™ device is wrapped around the top part of the stomach to limit how much you can eat. This method also works by tricking your body into feeling full with just a small amount of food. As the name suggests, the band should be adjusted periodically (tightened or loosened, depending on your needs) by your surgeon in an office visit. This laparoscopic adjustable gastric band procedure can be a good choice if you have only smaller amounts of weight to lose.
Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding
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The newest technique in weight loss surgery, the sleeve gastrectomy involves reshaping the stomach to create a long, thin tube (like a “sleeve”) that holds only about 10% of the amount of food it previously could contain, while also diminishing appetite. The rest of the digestive tract is otherwise left undisturbed. The procedure takes just a couple of hours to perform, so it may be a good choice if you have other health conditions, such as heart or lung disease or acid reflux. It is especially helpful for people who have trouble with portion control.
Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy