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Procedures

Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding

Procedure Description

In this procedure, a band is wrapped around the upper part of the stomach, dividing the stomach into a small upper pouch which can hold about a half cup of food, and a larger lower stomach.

How it works to help you lose weight

By creating a smaller stomach pouch, the band limits how much food you can eat at one time. Due to the smaller stomach pouch, you'll feel full sooner and stay full longer. As you eat less food, your body will stop storing excess calories and start using its fat supply for energy.

How it affects digestion

Your body will be able to digest food in its natural manner; food passes through the entire digestive track, and is absorbed into the body.

Reversible

Yes.

Average Weight Loss

43%

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Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass

Procedure Description

In this procedure, a small stomach pouch is created and directly attached to a section of the small intestine. A portion of the small intestine is bypassed.

How it works to help you lose weight

By creating a smaller stomach pouch, a gastric bypass limits how much food you can eat at one time. Due to the smaller stomach pouch, you'll feel full sooner and stay full longer. By bypassing a portion of the small intestine, it also causes your body to absorb fewer calories. As you eat less food and absorb fewer calories, your body will stop storing excess calories and start using its fat supply for energy.

How it affects digestion

Since a portion of the small intestine is bypassed, the process reduces the amount of calories and nutrients that are absorbed.

Reversible

No.

Average Weight Loss

61.6%

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Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy

Procedure Description

In this procedure, a thin vertical sleeve of stomach approximately the size of a banana is created using a stapling device. The rest of the stomach is removed.

How it works to help you lose weight

By creating a smaller stomach pouch, the sleeve limits how much food you can eat at one time. Due to the smaller stomach pouch, you'll feel full sooner and stay full longer. As you eat less food, your body will stop storing excess calories and start using its fat supply for energy.

How it affects digestion

Your body will be able to digest food in its natural manner; food passes through the entire digestive track, and is absorbed into the body.

Reversible

No.

Average Weight Loss

55%

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