Surgical Options

Sleeve Gastrectomy

Sleeve gastrectomy procedure involves removing the lateral two-thirds of the stomach with a stapling device. It can be done laparoscopically (keyhole surgery) but is not reversible. It basically leaves a stomach tube instead of a stomach sack.

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Adjustable Gastric Banding

In adjustable gastric banding procedure, a hollow band made of special material is placed around the stomach near its upper end, creating a small pouch and a narrow passage into the larger remainder of the stomach. The band is then inflated with a salt solution. It can be tightened or loosened over time to change the size of the passage by increasing or decreasing the amount of salt solution.

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Gastric Bypass

With gastric bypass, a small stomach pouch is created to restrict food intake. Next, a Y-shaped section of the small intestine is attached to the pouch to allow food to bypass the lower stomach, the duodenum (the first segment of the small intestine), and the first portion of the jejunum (the second segment of the small intestine). This bypass reduces the absorption of nutrients and thereby reduces the calorie intake.

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Robotic da Vinci® Bariatric Surgery

Overlake Medical Center first established its robotic surgery program in 2010. Since then, it has become a regional leader in the field and now offers robotic assisted procedures in urology, gynecology, general surgery and bariatric surgery.

Read Dr. Nguyen’s article about robotic surgery in Healthy Outlook magazine