Surgical Weight Loss Procedures

For more information please contact our Bariatric Coordinator Marcy Meyer at 818-676-4141.

Surgical Weight Loss Procedures

The Center for Bariatric Surgery at West Hills Hospital in the San Fernando Valley is proud to offer three procedures for weight loss: Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass, Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding and Gastric Sleeve.

Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass
This procedure effectively reduces the stomach size by stapling and separating the upper portion of the stomach. In addition, part of the intestine is bypassed causing some calories to be malabsorbed. The result of the restricted food inake and malabsorption is rapid weight loss. The procedure takes approximately 90 minutes to complete and the patient will typically remain in the hospital for two nights.

Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding
The Band procedure is both adjustable and reversible. An inflatable band is placed around the upper portion of the stomach limiting the stomach's capacity and increasing the feeling of fullness. There is no cutting and stapling of the stomach and there is no re-routing of the intestine. The band is adjusted by surgeon as needed for optimal weight loss. The procedure takes 45 minutes to an hour and is done on an out-patient basis (the patient typically goes home that same evening).

Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy
This procedure is purely restrictive, similar to the Band. The surgeon creates a banana- or "sleeve-"shaped stomach by stapling, separating and then removing the remnant stomach. What remains is a narrow tube or sleeve that has a 1-4 ounce capacity. For additional weight loss, this procedure can be revised to Gastric Bypass. The procedure takes an hour to an hour and a quarter and the patient typically stays in the hospital for one night.

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