A life-changing decision.
The struggle to lose weight can be a lifelong battle, and severe weight gain may become life threatening. If you’re significantly overweight and have tried a healthy diet, exercise and other traditional methods to lose weight without success, bariatric surgery (often called "weight loss surgery") may be an option for you.
Our team of bariatric surgeons, dieticians and medical professionals will work with you and your primary care physician to determine if bariatric surgery is right for you. We’ll help you understand the different bariatric procedures that are available and the benefits of each, as well as the risks, changes and challenges that accompany this type of surgery.
From your initial consultation and preoperative tests to your postoperative care and maintaining your weight loss after surgery, our team will guide you toward your weight loss goal and a healthier lifestyle.
Bariatric Surgery Procedures
Bariatric surgery works in one of three ways to help you lose weight, lower your BMI and improve or resolve life-threatening conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and sleep apnea.
Restrictive procedures limit your amount of food intake by surgically creating a smaller stomach pouch. When eating, the pouch fills quickly and will give you a feeling of fullness much sooner, causing you to eat less.
- Malabsorptive Procedures
By changing the way food travels through your system, malabsorptive procedures reduce your body’s ability to absorb calories from food. The surgery alters your body’s digestion by rerouting food past a large part of your stomach and small intestine so much of the calories and nutrients pass through your system without being absorbed.
- Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery
The most common bariatric surgery performed today, Roux–en-Y gastric bypass surgery uses a combination of both restrictive and malabsorptive procedures. Gastric bypass surgery makes your stomach smaller and changes your digestive tract, bypassing part of your small intestine. This reduces the amount of food you can eat and causes you to feel full more quickly.
Common bariatric surgeries include lap band surgery, gastric bypass surgery and minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery. Learn more about the full spectrum of bariatric surgical procedures routinely performed by the bariatric surgeons at Rochester General Hospital, as well as the benefits of each on our Diagnosis & Treatment page.