Surgical Weight Loss Center at Mercy Hospital offers a comprehensive weight loss program tailored to help you reach your health and weight loss goals. We provide a supportive, multi-disciplinary approach, so you have the tools to be successful before and after surgery.
Weight-Loss Surgery: Who is a Candidate?
Bariatric surgery is intended for people who are diagnosed with severe or “morbid” obesity. These are patients who have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or higher (approximately 100 pounds or more of excess weight), or who have a BMI of 35 or higher (approximately 75 pounds or more of excess weight) and who have obesity-related illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension(high blood pressure), sleep apnea and high cholesterol.
Mercy Surgical Weight Loss Center offers the following bariatric procedures:
Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass Roux-en Y
Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass is the most frequently performed weight loss surgery in the United States. Weight loss occurs from reducing the size of the stomach and producing a small amount of malabsorption by bypassing a modest amount of the small intestine.
Laparoscopic adjustable band (Lap-Band)
The Lap Band is a surgical procedure that reduces the size of the stomach and encourages weight loss through restriction. This system uses an adjustable band that restricts the opening to the remainder of the stomach. This procedure is considered less invasive, however, weight loss is somewhat slower than the malabsorptive or combination procedures.
Sleeve Gastrectomy is a restrictive procedure. The surgeon creates a small, sleeve-shaped stomach. It is larger than the stomach pouch created during Roux-en-Y bypass (roughly the size of a banana). Sleeve Gastrectomy is typically considered as a treatment option for bariatric surgery patients with a BMI of 60 or higher. It is usually performed as the first of two procedures; the second part of the treatment is typically gastric bypass.
Surgical weight loss surgery is a major decision and a lifetime commitment. Mercy Hospital is committed to providing you with the tools necessary to assist you reach your long-term goals. For more information or to register for an informational sessions, please call (305) 285-2929.
Visit our Frequently Asked Questions on Bariatric Surgery page for additional information on weight loss surgery.
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