Types of Procedures

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Laparoscopy is the technical term for minimally invasive surgical procedures, requiring only very small incisions. The Lake Huron Bariatric Center specializes in providing our patients with two different bariatric surgery options, depending on your specific needs. They are:

  • Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy
  • Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y
  • Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding (Lap BandTM)

Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy

The sleeve gastrectomy is a recently introduced surgery for weight loss. It is rapidly gaining popularity among those patients seeking permanent weight loss. It involves the removal of approximately 75 percent of the stomach, leaving your stomach with about a 2-3 ounce capacity. Your stomach would then be structured as a narrowed tube. The normal continuity between the esophagus, stomach, and small intestine is not changed, as it is in gastric bypass surgery. Therefore, food (including necessary vitamins and minerals) is absorbed normally. The small size of the new stomach limits caloric intake and decreases some of the hormones that stimulate appetite. Therefore, patients feel less hungry, which greatly helps with weight loss.

Sleeve Gastrectomy is a safe and effective option for our patients that have 100 pounds or more to lose. On the average, sleeve gastrectomy patients lose about 60-65 percent of their excess body weight within 18 months.

Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding (or Lap-band)

The laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (more commonly known as the lap-band) has recently gained popularity in the U.S., after many years of success in Europe. The Lake Huron Bariatric Center's team has more than 10 years of experience in performing this bariatric surgery. The procedure involves placing a synthetic band around the uppermost portion of the stomach. The band is then tightened and adjusted to limit intake and curtail hunger.

Key benefits of the lap-band are that there are no anatomical changes associated with its placement, and no risk that essential vitamins and minerals are not properly absorbed. The band has several other advantages:

  • Adjustability. The band allows for an individualized degree of food restriction – for example, a pregnancy is supported by allowing for increased nutritional needs. Adjustments are easily performed in the surgeon's office.
  • Reversibility. The band is removable at any time and anatomy can be restored to its original form. The band has fewer side effects and fewer risks. Nationally, there is lower mortality risk and nutritional deficiencies with the lap band than with other more involved bariatric surgeries.

The Lake Huron Bariatric Center provides non-surgical band adjustments at regular intervals and close follow up – both of which are needed to optimize weight loss. For the motivated patient, laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding can lead to effective weight loss. On the average, lap-band patients lose 50 percent of their excess body weight.