Weight Loss Surgery Options

At Nationwide Children’s Hospital, we offer three types of bariatric (weight loss) surgery. All of these surgeries cause restriction in the amount of food that can be eaten at one time, so you feel full faster. The gastric bypass also causes malabsorption, which keeps the intestines from absorbing some calories that otherwise would be stored as fat. Weight loss is fastest with gastric bypass and slowest with the laparoscopic adjustable band. Weight loss with the gastric sleeve (sleeve gastrectomy) is somewhere between the bypass and the laparoscopic adjustable band. Of course, the weight loss for any surgery depends on how well you follow the recommended nutrition and exercise program.

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What is Bariatric Surgery?

Bariatric surgery, also known as weight-loss surgery, is an effective treatment for individuals who are considered severely obese (typically a minimum of 100 pounds above their ideal body weight).

Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Gastric Sleeve Surgery (Sleeve Gastrectomy)

After gastric sleeve surgery, food will travel down your throat and enter the tube-like sleeve created by removing 80% of your stomach and stapling closed the rest of the stomach.

Gastric Bypass Surgery

Gastric Bypass Surgery

With gastric bypass surgery, a small pouch is created by stapling closed the top portion of the stomach, separating it from the lower portion.

Lap Band Surgery

Laparoscopic Adjustable Band Surgery

During laparoscopic adjustable band surgery, a special band is placed around the top of the stomach, which decreases the amount of food your stomach can hold.