Bariatric Services

Bariatric Surgery Options at Covenant

Bariatric surgery can be done in two ways – laparoscopic or open.

Laparoscopic surgery uses a camera is placed in your belly and requires 4 to 6 small cuts in your belly. The surgeon will pass the camera through one of these cuts. It will be connected to a video monitor in the operating room. Your surgeon will look at the monitor to see inside your belly. Surgical instruments will be inserted through the other cuts.

Advantages of laparoscopy over open surgery include:

  • Shorter hospital stay and quicker recovery.
  • Less pain.
  • Smaller scars and a lower risk of hernia or infection.

With open surgery, your surgeon will make a larger surgical cut to open up your belly. Your surgeon will do the bypass by working through the incision to access your stomach, small intestine, and other organs.

Bariatric surgery generally takes 1 to 4 hours for the surgeon to complete the procedure.

With any bariatric procedure, the amount of weight loss and overall success depends on your motivation and commitment to a new lifestyle and eating habits. Bariatric surgery is a powerful tool to aide in weight loss and overall health. Bariatric surgery can help you achieve longer lasting weight loss by limiting the amount you can eat, reducing your appetite, and slowing digestion.

Check out the different weight loss procedures below that are offered here at Covenant:

Gastric Bypass

Gastric bypass makes changes to your digestive system to help you lose weight by limiting how much you can eat and by reducing the absorption of nutrients.

There are two steps during gastric bypass surgery:

  • The first step makes your stomach smaller. Your surgeon will use staples to divide your stomach into a small upper section and a larger bottom section. The top section of your stomach (called the pouch) is where the food you eat will go. The pouch is about the size of a small egg or large walnut. The pouch only holds a small amount of food, because of this small stomach size you will eat less and lose weight.
  • The second step is the bypass. Your surgeon will connect a part of your small intestine (the jejunum) to a small hole in your new stomach pouch. The food you eat will now travel from the pouch into this new opening into your small intestine. Food will now bypass the larger portion of the stomach and the first part of the small intestine. Because of this bypass, your body will absorb fewer calories, causing weight loss.

Sleeve Gastrectomy

Sleeve gastrectomy, or gastric sleeve, makes changes to your digestive system to help you lose weight by limiting how much you can eat. Your surgeon will remove approximately 60 percent of the stomach so that the stomach takes the shape of a tube or "sleeve." This sleeve is roughly the size and shape of a banana. The smaller stomach size limits how much you can eat leading to weight loss.

Adjustable Gastric Band

The adjustable gastric band makes changes to your digestive system to help you lose weight by limiting how much you can eat. With the gastric band neither the stomach nor the intestine is cut. Instead, a band is placed around the upper part of the stomach, the band divides the stomach into a small upper pouch above the band and a larger pouch below the band. This small pouch limits the amount of food that a patient can eat at any one time, and will result in a feeling of fullness after eating a small amount of food.

Duodenal Switch

Duodenal switch makes changes to your digestive system to help you lose weight by limiting how much you can eat and by reducing the absorption of nutrients. The duodenal switch combines the creation of a moderately sized stomach pouch (about the size and shape of a banana) with bypassing a longer part of the small intestine.

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