Health & Wellness
Watch Surgery Videos
The following webcasts were produced as educational tools, and to help patients learn about some of the surgical procedures performed here.
Gastric sleeve surgery
Sleeve gastrectomy is a restrictive bariatric surgery. During this procedure, the surgeon creates a small, sleeve-shaped stomach. It is larger than the stomach poucn created during the Roux-en-Y bypass – and is about the size of a banana. The mechanism for weight loss is gastric restriction, as well as possible neurohormonal changes due to lower levels of ghrelin, an appetite-stimulating hormone produced by the fundus. Because the new stomach continues to function normally there are far fewer restrictions on the foods which patients can consume after surgery, although the quantity of food eaten will be considerably reduced.
Laparoscopic adjustable gastric band
Gastric banding is a technique for weight loss surgery which is designed to induce weight loss by restricting food consumption. During this surgery an adjustable elastic band is placed around the upper stomach to create a small, one half ounce pouch with a narrowed outlet. The outlet size can be adjusted by injecting saline into a small reservoir placed under the skin at the time of surgery, which is connected to the band.
Gastric bypass surgery
Gastric bypass surgery, sometimes called stomach stapling, reduces the size of the stomach so it cannot hold as much food and causes you to feel full very quickly. In addition, a "shortcut" is created to the stomach with the small intestine, causing food to "bypass" part of the digestive process. Since food leaves your system more quickly, fewer calories are absorbed and you lose weight.