Center for Surgical Weight Loss | Departments & Services

A number of different procedures are available to treat severe obesity. Each of these has its unique advantages and disadvantages.

No single procedure is right for everyone. When you meet with our surgical weight loss team, we will help you determine which procedure is best for you.

Which procedure is right for you?

To determine the best possible procedure for you, we take into consideration several different factors: how overweight you are, what types of food you eat, and whether you have any particular gastrointestinal problems such as colitis or irritable bowel. Also, we work with you to identify any lifestyle concerns that would make one operation preferred over another.

We usually prefer to use the laparoscopic approach (multiple tiny incisions) for our surgeries, since it results in less postoperative pain and faster recovery. However, some individuals with specific health issues may not be good candidates for this type of surgery, and may be better suited to a traditional open approach. This determination can only be made on an individual basis - we will work with you to determine which approach is better suited to you.

If you have had a bariatric operation in the past, but have not achieved successful weight loss, you may be a candidate for a revisional operation.

Surgical Weight Loss Procedures Performed

Orbera® Intragastric Balloon

There is a new option in weight loss surgery- the Orbera® intragastric balloon. The intragastric balloon is designed to be inserted into the stomach and inflated to a volume which will restrict the amount you can eat and reduce hunger.


The LAP-BAND® is a device that is surgically applied to the upper part of the stomach in order to restrict the amount of food entering the stomach. Using a minimally invasive approach, five (5) small incisions are made to allow for surgical instruments to be introduced into the abdominal cavity.

Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass

The operation creates a very small upper stomach pouch (less than one ounce) by transecting (dividing) the stomach.

Sleeve Gastrectomy

Sleeve gastrectomy is a restrictive bariatric surgery. During this procedure, the surgeon creates a small, sleeve-shaped stomach. It is larger than the stomach pouch created during Roux-en-Y bypass—and is about the size of a banana.

Laparoscopic, Open & Revisional Bariatric Surgery

A laparoscope, or surgical telescope, is inserted through one of these incisions so that the entire surgical team can see the internal organs displayed on a color TV monitor. Because the incisions are much smaller, patients are able to return to work and normal activities much more quickly than after open surgery.

vBloc® Neurometabolic Therapy

This innovative, new weight loss therapy relies on a pacemaker-type device that blocks hunger signals between the brain and stomach, allowing you to feel fuller longer and reducing the amount of food you want to eat.

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