Mercy Bariatric Centers are ready to get started on your path to health. We work to ensure the success of every patient, and if you've already met our base level of eligibility, there are a few more requirements that are equally as important. If you meet the following, then we'll work together through the next steps on your path to better health.
For gastric band surgery, our surgeon will place a silicone band around the top portion of your stomach. The band creates a small pouch that restricts the amount of food you can ingest before feeling full. Your stomach will continue to operate normally with a much smaller capacity.
A gastric sleeve is a newer bariatric surgery and is often used when patients are disqualified from the other two types of surgery. For this surgery, our surgeon cuts and staples the length of your entire stomach. The overall size of your stomach is reduced to a tube, or sleeve, that functions just as it did before, only at a lesser rate.
With gastric bypass surgery, usually recommended for severely overweight patients, a portion of your digestive tract is bypassed as our surgeon reroutes the flow of food through your stomach and small intestine. The size of your stomach will be reduced to roughly the size of an egg. Food will be rerouted to the middle portion of your small intestine bypassing the remainder of your stomach and the top portion of your small intestine.
For more in-depth information on gastric bypass surgery, read more.
There are severe risks and complications, including death, associated with all major surgical procedures. Bariatric surgery should only be considered as a last resort for weight loss. Weight loss varies according to the individual.
Bariatrics is simply the field of medicine focused on obesity, its causes, prevention and treatments. Bariatric surgery is divided into two different approaches to helping treat obesity: restrictive, where the stomach’s size and capacity are reduced, and malabsorption, where the stomach’s ability to absorb calories and nutrients is reduced.
At Mercy, bariatrics means an entire team of leading experts ready to help you meet your weight loss and overall health goals. In addition to your primary care physician, we call on our psychiatrists, dietitians, physical therapists, cardiologists, pulmonologists and surgeons to ensure your long-term health. Surgery is just one part of your lifelong commitment to better health — and we’re here to help.