Schneck offers many surgical options for those considering surgical weight loss. The program coordinator and surgeon will discuss your options and together you can decide which option best meets your weight loss goals.
One of the more popular surgical weight loss options is the vertical sleeve gastrectomy. The removal of 80% of the stomach allows for a small pouch to restrict food intake. The hunger hormone region of the stomach is removed as well. This surgery does not involve rerouting of the small intestine.
Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass
Roux-en-Y gastric bypass procedure is the most common surgical method used to control obesity today. Through this procedure, a small stomach pouch is created to restrict food intake. This pouch is created by stapling across the stomach with a special metal device.
Next, a Y-shaped section of the small intestine is attached to the pouch to allow food to bypass the lower portion of the stomach and the first segment of the small
intestine, reducing calorie and nutrient absorption.
Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch
Schneck is one of the only hospitals in the region to perform duodenal switch procedures. This surgical option is reserved for patients with a BMI greater than 50. It combines a vertical sleeve procedure with a bypass of much of the small bowel. It results in the most excess weight loss of all procedures.