This surgical procedure is performed on patients who have already undergone a form of bariatric surgery and have either had complications or have not successfully achieved significant weight-loss results from the initial surgery.
Gastric bypass surgery is the surgical procedure in which the stomach is divided into a small upper pouch and a much larger lower pouch. The small intestine is then rearranged to connect to both.
The gastric band is performed with either the LAP-BAND© or REALIZE© Band. The procedure helps achieve weight loss by inserting an adjustable band around the upper part of the patient's abdomen, creating a much smaller pouch that can only hold a limited amount of food.
During the sleeve gastrostomy, the surgeon removes a large portion of your stomach and joins the remaining portions of your stomach with surgical staples, which creates a long vertical tube or sleeve.