The Top 5 Bariatric and Surgical Procedures for Weight Loss

The Top 5 Bariatric and Surgical Procedures for Weight Loss

As more people endeavor to avoid the serious consequences that come with carrying too much weight, bariatric procedures in the United States are on the rise. In 2019 (before COVID-19 struck), approximately 256,000 people underwent a weight loss procedure, which is a big jump from the 159,000 in 2011. 

While the growing weight problem is one of the drivers behind this increase, so, too, is the effectiveness of these approaches to weight loss.

At Weight Loss Institute of Arizona, our team of bariatric experts plays its part in the growing number of bariatric procedures, and we offer a wide range of options.

To help you better understand these options, we outline the five most popular weight loss procedures in the US below, starting with the most common.

Gastric sleeve 

Of the many choices among bariatric procedures, the gastric sleeve is, far and away, the most popular, at nearly 60%.

With a gastric sleeve, we remove a large portion of your stomach — about 70-80% — leaving you with far less volume than before. Not only does a gastric sleeve reduce the amount of food you can eat, it can help reduce your hunger levels since we remove sections of your stomach that produce hunger hormones.

In most cases, we perform gastric sleeve procedures using advanced laparoscopic techniques, rather than more invasive open surgery.

Roux-en-Y gastric bypass

The gastric bypass procedure is one in which we create a small pouch from your existing stomach, greatly reducing the volume of the organ. The bypass component of the procedure comes in when we attach this new stomach farther down your small intestine, allowing you to bypass much of your intestine and prevent calorie absorption.

We can perform this procedure laparoscopically in some cases, but if circumstances prevent this approach, we can easily accomplish a gastric bypass with open surgery.

Gastric balloons

If you want to avoid surgery altogether, we offer the Obalon® balloon system. The concept is fairly simple: You swallow the intragastric balloon, which inflates and takes up space in your stomach. In most cases, we place three Obalon balloons over the course of 3-6 months. 

Once you reach your weight loss goals, we can remove the balloons.

Lap bands

Another approach to shrinking the size of your stomach is our Lap-Band® system. Using only small incisions, we place a band around your stomach, which limits how much food you can eat. 

One of the many advantages of this system is that we can adjust the size of the band using a special port. If we want to make the band bigger (and your stomach volume smaller), we inject saline into the ring. To reduce the size of the band, we simply drain the saline.

Biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch

This bariatric procedure only accounts for 0.8% of all bariatric procedures because it’s highly complex. We typically reserve the duodenal switch for people who are facing serious, obesity-related health issues and need to lose a considerable amount of weight as quickly as possible.

In very basic terms, a duodenal switch is really two procedures. First, we perform a sleeve gastrectomy to reduce the size of your stomach. Then we divide your small intestine into two tracts — one for food and the other for gastric juices. 

The food you do eat meets with the gastric fluids as the two pieces come together again at the opening of your lower intestine.

This reconfiguration of your small intestine prevents a great deal of calorie absorption.

We hope we’ve given you a clear picture of the many ways in which we can help you lose weight. We also want to point out that there are other bariatric procedures you can explore with us. The ones listed above are simply the five most popular.

To figure out which weight loss option is right for you, contact one of our offices in Tempe, Glendale, Mesa, Tucson, or Phoenix, Arizona, to set up a consultation.

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