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Surgical Options

If you've tried to lose weight without success, weight-loss surgery may be an option for you. To help you lose a significant amount of weight and improve your overall health, Gundersen Health System offers three weight-loss surgery options and a non-surgical, Intragastric Balloon option:

Gastric bypass surgery

  • A small, egg-sized pouch is created from the upper portion of the stomach.
  • The small intestine is divided 15 to 20 inches from the stomach. One end is attached to the small pouch and the remaining lower stomach and bypassed intestine are reattached to the small intestine at the point of separation.
  • This approach requires six small incisions through which a high-resolution camera and long, slender instruments are used to perform the operation while watching a video monitor.
  • Food intake is dramatically restricted to a few ounces at a time.

Sleeve gastrectomy surgery

  • Surgeon removes about 85 percent of the stomach. The remaining stomach is about the size and shape of a banana.
  • This dramatically reduces the amount of food patients can eat before they feel full.
  • This procedure does not involve rerouting or cutting/reconnecting the intestines, lowering the risk of nutritional deficiencies.
  • It does not require the implantation of an artificial device inside the abdomen.

Adjustable gastric band surgery

  • Surgeon places an adjustable band around the upper part of the stomach creating a smaller stomach pouch.
  • The band restricts the amount of food a patient can eat and increases the time it takes for the stomach to empty.
  • A port, just under the skin in the abdomen, allows the band to be adjusted easily during an office visit.
  • The procedure is minimally invasive, adjustable and reversible.
  • No intestine is bypassed therefore digestion and absorption are normal.
  • Patients generally see a more gradual weight loss.

ORBERA Intragastric Balloon

  • Less invasive, non-surgical option for patients with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 to 40 who have attempted more conservative weight-loss options without success.
  • A soft, durable silicone balloon is placed in the stomach and filled with saline to about the size of a grapefruit and left in for six months to reinforce proper portion control.
  • The balloon is used in conjunction with a yearlong supervised diet and behavior modification program.
  • Clinical trial showed an average weight loss 3.1 times greater in six months than with diet and exercise alone.

All three surgical options are performed using minimally invasive surgical procedures through very small incisions, or in the case of gastric balloon, no incisions. The advantages include:

  • Fewer wound infections and incision hernias
  • Decreased incidence of post-op pneumonia or collapsed lung
  • Less pain
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Quicker recovery
  • Earlier return to work

If you're considering weight-loss surgery, attend our free, one-hour informational seminar Understanding Your Weight Management Options.

MBSAQIP Accredited Bariatric Surgery Center

Gundersen Bariatric Surgery has been accredited by the MBSAQIP since 2007.

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