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Weight loss surgery works by causing a number of metabolic changes in your body—both in the chemicals and hormones your body makes and your body’s nerve signals. These changes cause your body to regulate and lower your weight level.
The Roux-en-Y gastric bypass is done using a laparoscopic technique, with a camera and small incisions.
The surgery reduces the size of the stomach from the size of a cantaloupe to the size of an egg, creating a 1- to 2-ounce stomach pouch. The small intestine is cut and reattached to the new stomach pouch.
By bypassing a portion of the small intestine, food passes faster and fewer calories are absorbed.
A sleeve gastrectomy is done using a camera and small incisions to reduce the size of the stomach and create a small “sleeve” that looks like a tube or banana. This surgery removes about 80% of the stomach.
Not only does it help you lose weight by reducing the amount of food you can eat, it also removes the part of the stomach that effects the hormones that control hunger.
The LAP-BAND® wraps an inflatable band around the upper portion of the stomach to create a small pouch, allowing for adjustments as you lose weight. While gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy are the more common weight loss surgeries, this procedure is at times the best option for patients that need something less invasive.
Placement of lap bands is currently offered at Poudre Valley Hospital and University of Colorado Hospital. All locations offer revisions of previous LAP-BAND surgeries, as well as ongoing maintenance and management of patients with the LAP-BAND.
Advantages of the LAP-BAND®:
Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch (BPD/DS) is performed only at University of Colorado Hospital.
Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch (BPD/DS) is a less-common weight loss procedure in which a smaller stomach pouch is created and most of the small bowel is bypassed. This surgery is reserved for those with BMIs over 50 or as a back-up procedure for those who have failed a bypass or sleeve.
Although BPD/DS produces the greatest amount of weight loss, it has the greatest number of side effects. Strict adherence to guidelines after surgery is critical to avoid malnutrition and vitamin deficiencies that can cause serious complications.
The reality with weight loss surgery is that one procedure sometimes isn’t enough, meaning patients relapse and gain back their weight.
The severity of the relapse depends on the original weight loss procedure. When relapsed individuals have an additional procedure, it’s called revision surgery. UCHealth offers revision surgery that can help patients treat specific symptoms and lose weight again.