Several types of weight loss surgery are available:
Gastric bypass, or Roux-en-Y, surgery has been performed at Northside for more than 20 years. It was one of the first weight loss procedures offered and is the most common weight loss surgery today. This procedure involves creating a small pouch out of a portion of the stomach and stapling it directly to the small intestine, bypassing a large part of the stomach.
Gastric bypass limits the amount of food you can consume and the amount of calories the small intestine absorbs. Patients feel full more quickly, which aids in controlling their hunger. The resulting quick and healthy weight loss may help patients improve conditions such as hypertension and diabetes much faster.
Laparoscopic adjustable banding involves surgically placing a silicone band around the upper portion of the stomach. The band connects to a port under the skin and can be adjusted by injecting or removing saline.
This procedure reduces the amount of food the stomach can hold at one time, limiting how much you can eat and supporting long-term, sustainable weight loss. After surgery, adjustments are followed by annual modifications. This procedure is reversible and the band can be removed.
The vertical sleeve gastrectomy is a minimally invasive procedure that removes about 85 percent of the stomach. The remaining stomach is small, narrow and sleeve-shaped and can hold only between one and four ounces of food.
This restrictive procedure severely limits food intake and inhibits hunger-stimulating hormones, leading to fast and significant weight loss. The vertical sleeve gastrectomy does not involve any cutting of the bowel or implantation of a device in the body, but it also is not reversible.
Northside was the first hospital in Georgia to perform the gastric bypass, laparoscopic adjustable gastric band and vertical sleeve gastrectomy procedures with a single-incision. Single-incision surgery reduces the number of incisions, and thereby the number of scars, associated with traditional laparoscopic weight loss surgery. Instead of the traditional multiple incisions, a single 4.5-centimeter incision is made, often at the bellybutton, to reduce the appearance of scarring. The single-incision procedure is the same operation as that of the multi-incision procedure except that it offers less pain and scarring, a faster recovery and a quicker return to everyday activities.
Northside also offers weight loss surgery procedures, performed with the da Vinci® Surgical System. This minimally invasive procedure involves making just a few small incisions for the tools and small camera, which allows the surgeon to view a full-color, magnified, 3-D image of the surgical site. The superior motion of the robotic arms and the ability to view the surgical area through high-definition magnification enhances the surgeon’s skills, which provide patients with a number of benefits including a shorter hospital stay and recovery time.