Bariatric surgery is weight-loss surgery for those who are obese and their attempts at losing weight through diet and exercise have not succeeded. During the procedure, a bariatric surgeon reduces the size of your stomach to restrict the amount of food you can eat at once. After surgery, the stomach will hold only one cup of food (a normal stomach holds 4 to 6 cups). Not only does this help you feel full quicker, but it also decreases the absorption of food in the stomach and intestines.
At Lee Bariatrics, we perform 99% of our operations involving the gastrointestinal tract by laparoscopic surgery. The bariatric surgeon only needs to make a few small incisions, operating in a magnified view using high definition cameras and thinner instruments. Dr. Michael J. Lee is a board-certified surgeon who specializes in all forms of weight loss/bariatric surgery and revisional surgery. He has undergone additional fellowship training in minimally invasive techniques, resulting in operations that are faster and safer with quicker recovery times and a lower risk for complications.
The standard by which Bariatric Surgery and operations involving the gastrointestinal tract is performed is by laparoscopic surgery. Few small incisions are made so the surgeon can operate in a magnified view using high definition cameras and thinner instruments. Additional fellowship training in minimally invasive technique results in operations that are faster and safer and patients recover sooner with lower risk for complications.
During laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, a bariatric surgeon removes the stretchiest part of the stomach (fundus), reducing the stomach to a smaller hollow organ about the size of a small banana and removing the source of Ghrelin production (one of the hormones that cause the hunger sensation). On average, you can shed about 65% of excess weight.
Laparascopic roux-en-y gastric bypass is an effective weight loss surgery that reduces the size of the stomach from the size a football to the size of a golf ball and bypasses about 4 feet of the small intestine. This procedure trains you to eat smaller portions and absorb less fat. On average, you can shed about 75% of excess weight.
Laparascopic adjustable gastric banding has the fewest risks of all the bariatric surgeries. An inflatable balloon-type band is placed around the upper portion of the stomach. On average, you can shed about 35% of excess weight.
The laparoscopic duodenal switch has the highest risk/benefit profile of the bariatric surgeries because it involves two procedures: a sleeve gastrectomy and a procedure that reroutes the small intestine. On average, you can shed about 85% of excess weight.
Many bariatric procedures can be reversed or revised. For more information, talk to our experienced team!
When there is a gap between the diaphragm that allows part of the stomach to enter the chest area, it is known as a hiatal hernia. The bariatric surgeon at Lee Bariatrics can repair hiatal hernias during your surgery.
Sometimes gallstones can form after rapid weight loss, but the bariatric surgeon at Lee Bariatrics can remove the gallbladder during your bariatric surgery to prevent this from happening.
A saline-filled balloon is placed into the stomach without surgery to help curb hunger and provide feedback when too much food is eaten.