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Weight Loss Surgery

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Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy

For many patients, combating weight gain can be a tough battle. There are many different options out there to help reduce the number on the scale, but a laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy gives many patients another option to get their weight and diet back on track.

Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass

Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass

The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery considers the gastric bypass surgery the “gold standard” for operations that focus on weight loss. Gastric bypass helps to reduce the number of calories that an individual can consume and process.

Laparoscopic Conversion to Gastric Bypass

Laparoscopic Conversion to Gastric Bypass

When patients are looking to be converted from a gastric band to another type of bariatric procedure, a gastric bypass is an alternative. Particularly if patients have significant gastroesophageal reflux (GERD), converting to a gastric bypass may be a good choice.

Laparoscopic Conversion to Sleeve Gastrectomy

Laparoscopic Conversion to Sleeve Gastrectomy

Often times when removing an adjustable gastric band, patients can be converted to a sleeve gastrectomy. Usually, this can be done in 1 operation. However, occasionally this is a 2-operation process. If there are significant adhesions and capsule around the stomach, it may not be safe to remove the band and convert to a sleeve during the same procedure.

Most insurances cover weight loss surgery. You would have to contact your insurance provider to know for sure whether weight loss surgery is a part of your plan.
While most insurance cover weight loss surgery, there a few plans that do not cover the procedure. If this is the case, you have to contact the hospital to ask how much weight loss surgeryh costs. Without insurance, it can costs many thousands of dollars.
Alot of studies have shown that all weight loss surgeries are as safe, if not safer, than many of the surgeries performed in other specialties. However, when comparing the different weight loss surgeries, the laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy has been shown to be associated with the least amount of possible complications.
All current weight loss surgeries are invasive, but the procedure associated with less manipulation of organs and tissue is the laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy.