Surgical Options

Depending upon your individual circumstances, Milford Regional offers several state-of-the-art bariatric surgical procedures. The laparoscopic adjustable gastric band, sleeve gastrectomy and gastric bypass procedures are performed using minimally invasive techniques. This approach involves several small incisions rather than a large one. This means patients have less postoperative pain, fewer wound complications, and a much quicker recovery.

Gastric Bypass

A smaller stomach is created and food bypasses most of the old stomach and part of the small intestine. This makes you feel full more quickly and reduces the amount of food you can eat at one time. In addition, bypassing part of the intestine changes the body’s metabolism to increase weight loss and improve some weight-related medical problems. The gastric bypass operation is the most commonly performed operation for weight loss in the United States and is considered the "gold standard.”

Hospital Stay Two nights
Return to Work Four to six weeks
*Excess Weight Loss (two years) Approx. 70%

Adjustable Gastric Band

An adjustable band is placed around the top portion of the stomach. By reducing the size of the opening to the stomach, the band reduces how fast you can eat. This creates an earlier feeling of fullness and satiety. Following surgery, the inflatable band can be loosened or tightened to accommodate the individual’s needs. This weight loss procedure may require more frequent follow up visits for band adjustments.

Hospital Stay Often same day procedure, or one night
Return to Work Two weeks
*Excess Weight Loss (two years) Approx. 30-55%

Sleeve Gastrectomy

A large portion of the stomach is removed and a new, smaller stomach is created in the shape of a tube. It limits the amount of food you can eat by making you feel full after eating small amounts of food. It may also have metabolic advantages similar to the gastric bypass.

Hospital Stay Two nights
Return to Work Four to six weeks
*Excess Weight Loss (two years) Approx. 55-70%

*Excess weight loss refers to the amount of weight you lose from the overweight portion of your total weight.

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