Bariatric (weight loss) surgery is for people with significant weight to lose or those whose weight contributes to conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or heart disease. Click here to sign up for a free information session, or click here to request more information. Below is information about specific surgical options:
The Sparrow Bariatric Surgery program offers multiple surgical options for significant weight loss. The bariatric surgeon and Sparrow’s multidisciplinary team of bariatric specialists will help you decide which of these procedures is best for you.
Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass
The gastric bypass option makes the stomach smaller by creating a small pouch at the top of the stomach. This smaller stomach pouch is then connected directly to the middle part of the small bowel. You will feel full more quickly which will result in a reduction in the amount of food (and calories) you eat. Bypassing part of the bowel also results in fewer calories being absorbed by your body.
At Sparrow, gastric bypass surgery is performed primarily as a laparoscopic procedure. Much smaller incisions are needed for the laparoscopic method. The surgeon uses a tiny video camera to view the bypass area. Laparoscopic procedures are commonly performed because they result in a shorter hospital stay, shorter recovery time, less discomfort, and fewer complications. Patients return to their pre-surgical level of activity sooner.
Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding (LAP-BAND® or REALIZE-BAND®)
With the adjustable band option, a band is inserted through a tiny incision in your abdomen and placed around the upper part of the stomach. The band has a salt water-filled balloon that can be inflated or deflated after the operation. Inflating the band creates a smaller opening for food to pass through, so you feel full more quickly and consume fewer calories.
Gastric banding surgery is adjustable. Adjusting the band is a simple outpatient procedure performed in the surgeon’s office. This helps you lose weight at a gradual steady pace. The band is a tool for your long term weight loss success that remains in place for life.
With the sleeve gastrectomy procedure, approximately 85% of your stomach is removed. This results in the remaining portion of your stomach to be about the size of a drinking straw shaped like a banana. Although your stomach becomes much smaller, the function of your stomach remains the same. Another advantage of reducing the stomach size is that the hormones that stimulate hunger are also reduced.
Revisional Bariatric Surgery
Most patients get the results they hoped for from bariatric surgery. Revisional surgery requests are evaluated on a case by case basis and will require access to your previous surgical records/operative report in order for the bariatric surgery to determine if revisional surgery is an option for you.