Weight Loss Surgery Options: Gastric Bypass and Sleeve Gastrectomy

Weight Loss Surgery Options: Gastric Bypass and Sleeve Gastrectomy Main Content

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During the past 20 years, there’s been a revolution in surgery, and weight loss procedures have never been safer. At Baptist Health, we use minimally invasive techniques and enhanced recovery protocols to help you heal quicker.

Minimally Invasive Weight Loss Surgery

We use minimally invasive approaches, such as laparoscopy and robotic surgery. These techniques with small incisions mean less bleeding, lowered risk of infection, less pain, shorter hospital stay and a quicker recovery. Typically, patients stay in the hospital overnight after bariatric surgery, and most go home the next day. In some special cases, patients could go home the same day.

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Types of Weight Loss Surgery

Together, you and your surgeon will discuss which procedure is right for you.

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    Sleeve Gastrectomy

    The sleeve gastrectomy is the most common procedure for morbid obesity. It restricts the amount you can eat, and there are also hormonal changes that positively affect hunger and feeling full.

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    Gastric Bypass

    Gastric bypass continues to be one of the most popular types of weight loss surgery in the country, and for good reason. Its exceptional potential for weight loss and improvement or remission of type 2 diabetes make it appealing. It's also the most effective for people with severe gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

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    Gastric Banding Revisions

    LAP-BAND® and Realize® were 2 common gastric banding systems that are now unpopular due to disappointing results. While we no longer place gastric bands, we do help patients who are having issues such as GERD, or are considering other weight loss options.

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What You Can Expect for Surgery

  • Support before, during and after surgery
  • Knowing exactly what to expect at the hospital
  • A team to help you prepare for what to do when you get home in the days after surgery, with help always a phone call away
  • Post-surgery follow-up visits at 2 weeks, 3 months, 6 months, 12 months, then yearly.


Food & Nutrition After Surgery


  • After surgery, you will eat small portions of healthy food and exercise regularly with cardio and weight resistance exercises.
  • You'll supplement your diet with a multivitamin, vitamin B12, calcium and Vitamin D, and possibly iron.

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Enhanced Recovery After Surgery

Bounce back quicker after surgery.
ERAS, short for Enhanced Recovery After Surgery, is an innovative approach to surgery that is resulting in improved outcomes for patients. Changes to the traditional routines before, during and after surgery at Baptist Health are helping people recover faster.

Learn More About ERAS
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Take the First Step

Hear from the experts to find out if bariatric surgery is right for you.

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