We offer two options for weight loss surgeries. Together we’ll figure out which procedure is best for you and your health. We perform these procedures here at Capital Health Medical Center - Hopewell.
In this surgery, a big portion of the stomach is removed, reducing it to about 25 percent of its orginal size. The result is a tube like structure. There are more potential complications than with the adjustable gastric band and hospital stay is longer, but patients tend to lose more weight than with the band.
Gastric bypass surgery alters the process of digestion. In this surgery, a small pouch is separated from the rest of the stomach and attached directly to the small intestines. This method has more complications than gastric band and gastrectomy, but patients tend to lose more weight.
Conversion bariatric surgery
There are many different factors that might contribute to weigh regain after a previous weight loss surgery. In these cases, conversion bariatric surgery may be an option. Typically these surgeries entail converting a lap band procedure to a sleeve gastrectomy or a gastric bypass or converting a sleeve gastrectomy to a gastric bypass.
What to expect after surgery
Your first year
The more careful your follow-up, the more likely you are to lose the weight, keep it off, and avoid complications. So you’ll be seeing a lot of us.
You’ll meet with your surgical team two weeks, six weeks, three months, six months, nine months, and 12 months after surgery. We’ll coordinate your appointments so you can meet the surgical team and dietitian on the same visit.
You’ll meet with our team twice in your second year after surgery, then once a year for the rest of your life. You’ll have X-rays and blood tests as needed. Our support groups can also be a great source of strength and inspiration.