We offer the full complement of weight loss surgeries. Together we’ll figure out what type of procedure is best for you and your health. We perform three procedures here at Capital Health.
Adjustable gastric band
In this surgery, we place a silicone band around the upper stomach, separating the stomach into one large and one small portion, which can hold about an ounce of food. No staples are used in this procedure and the band can be adjusted and also removed to reverse the surgery. Since no part of the stomach is removed, digestion remains normal. This is the simplest weight loss surgery, with fewer complications and the shortest hospital stay. However patients tend to lose less weight, and lose it slower, than with other methods. It also requires the most monitoring of your eating habits.
In this surgery, a big portion of the stomach is removed, reducing it to about 25% 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.
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 2 weeks, 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months, 9 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 be a great source of strength and inspiration.