Surgical Weight Loss
For many obese and morbidly obese individuals, weight loss surgery is the best solution. There are multiple types of weight loss surgery available, all of which are performed laparoscopically, or with minimal incisions and short recovery. The two most performed procedures are:
Roux-En-Y Gastric Bypass
The most traditional type of weight loss surgery, in which a small pouch is formed from the top part of the stomach and a portion of the small intestine is bypassed.
An increasingly popular type of weight loss surgery, which reduces the size of the stomach by creating a small sleeve or banana-shaped pouch. Food is not rerouted like traditional bypass, and therefore absorbed normally by the stomach.
Patients may qualify in two ways*:
1. BMI greater than 40
2. BMI between 35 and 39.99 with certain obesity related health conditions.
With any of these surgical procedures, it is important to fully understand that this is a tool and not a cure. Patients must fully commit to lifestyle changes involving food, vitamins, minerals, exercise and medical follow-up. As with any surgery, the risks, complications and benefits should be discussed with your surgeon.
* Your insurance plan may have different requirements.
You can discuss the procedure options with your surgeon on your first consultative visit.
We will discuss the complications, risks and benefits in more detail at our informational seminars, your first step to weight loss surgery. There is no charge to attend one of our informational seminars but you must register by calling St. Luke’s InfoLink at 1-866-STLUKES (toll free) or by emailing InfoLink@slhn.org.
If you have questions about weight loss surgery before scheduling your informational seminar appointment, please do not hesitate to call St. Luke’s Weight Management Center at 484-426-2600 to speak with a team member.
Register now for a free in-person informational seminar on surgical weight loss.
Call 1-866-STLUKES (785-8537) to learn more about surgical weight loss.