Services and Procedures
Factors such as the amount of weight to lose, related medical conditions and ones’ personal preference of a physician and/or program, should all be considered when choosing a weight loss procedure.
It is important to choose a procedure carefully, because all weight loss procedures involve adapting your life to accommodate the changes made to the digestive system.
There are different risks associated with each procedure. You should spend some time learning the advantages and disadvantages of the various procedures. Then, when attending one of our free weight loss information sessions, or completing the webinar, you will be ready to ask questions.
There are three types of weight loss surgeries, also known as bariatric surgeries:
- Gastric restrictive: The stomach is restricted so less food will fit into it
- Malabsorptive: The intestines are rearranged to reduce the amount of food absorbed into the system
- Combination: Procedures combining aspects of the two types above
Procedures can be done laparoscopically (through a minimally-invasive incision in the skin) or through traditional open surgery.
Adjustable Gastric Band
The adjustable gastric band is a constricting ring placed around the stomach to reduce the amount of food it holds at one time. Learn more.
BPD/DS: Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch
The BPD/DS procedure combines a reduction in stomach size with a bypass of some of the small intestine. Therefore, you can eat less and absorb less of the food you eat. Learn more.
Gastric bypass is a combination gastric restrictive and malabsorptive procedure. It differs from the BPD/DS in that it creates an even smaller stomach pouch and routes the intestines differently. Learn more.
This new procedure is now the most commonly selected bariatric surgery. Learn more.
Revisions and Reversals
A revision is a surgical procedure where one type of weight loss surgery is transformed into another. The goal of a reversal is to put your system in its original state or as close as is physically possible. Learn more.
Compare Weight Loss Surgery Techniques
Find the weight loss surgery technique that might be right for you with our Comparison Chart. Learn more.
Learn About Weight Loss Surgery
The Premier Health Library offers a wealth of information about weight loss surgery. Learn about conditions, treatments, how to prepare for surgery and much more.
Content Updated: November 23, 2014