Overview & Benefits
The goal of weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery) is to reduce the
body's ability to absorb and store calories. This result is achieved by
using either restrictive or malabsorptive bariatric procedures.
Restrictive procedures reduce the size of the stomach, limiting the
volume of food that can be consumed at one time. Restrictive procedures
include adjustable gastric banding (AGB) and Roux-en-Y gastric bypass
(RYGB) – although gastric bypass is also malabsorptive as well.
While conventional laparoscopy is the most widely used approach for
gastric bypass today, not all patients are considered candidates for
traditional laparoscopy. Surgeons may determine that patients who are
extremely obese, who have had previous abdominal surgery, or have
complicating medical problems require a traditional open approach. The
da Vinci® System has been proven to help surgeons overcome these
challenges with improved ergonomics, instrumentation and visualization.
Is surgery for you?
Bariatric surgery may be the next step for people who remain
severely obese after trying nonsurgical approaches, especially if they
have an obesity-related disease. Surgery to produce weight loss is a
serious undertaking. Anyone thinking about undergoing this type of
operation should understand what it involves. For more information on Bariatric services at Saint Thomas Health, click here.
Remember: There are no guarantees for any method, including
surgery, to produce and maintain weight loss. Success is possible only
with maximum cooperation and commitment to behavioral change and medical
follow-up—and you must maintain this cooperation and commitment for the
rest of your life.