Surgical Weight-Loss Procedures

proceduresDesert Springs Hospital Medical Center offers a variety of minimally invasive weight-loss surgery options. With a unique combination of experience, expertise and compassion patients can lose weight, reduce the risk for serious health conditions and return to a healthier life. You and your surgeon can decide which weight-loss option is right for you.

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Gastric Sleeve

One of the newest procedures available for weight loss is gastric sleeve surgery, or vertical sleeve gastrectomy.

Gastric sleeve surgery is minimally invasive and can have fewer risks and complications than other weight-loss surgery options. It is more favorable to out-of-town patients because it requires minimal follow-up care required.

The Procedure

Using several small incisions in the abdomen, surgeons surgically decrease the size of the stomach by 90 percent and create a new stomach in the shape of a thin tube or sleeve. Surgeons do not bypass the intestines or cause any gastrointestinal malabsorption, nor do they re-route the anatomy during the procedure and the pyloric valve that controls the release of food from the stomach to the small intestines continues to function normally.


The recovery time for patients can include an overnight stay at the hospital. Patients can typically return to work within one week after the surgery.


After the surgery and after successfully changing their behavior, patients can expect an average 60 to 70 percent weight loss within two years after the surgery and they can experience fewer long-term risks, including ulcers, hernias and nutritional deficiencies.

Gastric Band

Gastric band surgery is recognized as one of the safest, least invasive surgical treatments for morbid obesity in the United States.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved two types of gastric banding procedures in 2001, including the Lap Band® system. Over 300,000 gastric band procedures have been performed worldwide, making it one of the preferred bariatric procedures performed internationally.


A minimally invasive, laparoscopic procedure, surgeons make several small incisions in the abdomen and implant an inflatable silicone band around the stomach. The band divides the stomach into a small upper pouch above the band and a larger pouch below the band. The small pouch limits the amount of food you can eat at one time. The opening between the two portions of the stomach controls the amount of food that passes from the upper to the lower part of the stomach and it can be decreased or increased by the surgeon by removing or injecting saline to inflate or deflate the band.

Gastric band surgery is the only adjustable weight-loss procedure available. It allows surgeons to adjust the diameter of the band according to the patient’s needs. It also can be removed at any time. When the band is removed, the stomach generally is restored to its original form and functions like it did prior to the surgery.


Patients remain in the hospital for one to two days after the surgery and can return to work within two weeks after surgery.


Patients can expect to lose between one-third and two-thirds of their excess weight within the first 18 months after surgery. Dietitians and exercise therapists work closely with patients to help them adjust to new eating habits and increased physical activity.

Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass

Laparoscopic gastric bypass is one of the most common types of bariatric surgery in the United States. It works by decreasing the amount of food you can eat at one time and reducing the absorption of nutrients. Typically it is not reversible. Many surgeons prefer this type of surgery because it generally has fewer complications than other weight-loss surgery options.


Gastric bypass surgery has two parts. The first part, the surgeon divides the stomach into two portions. The larger portion is sealed off from the smaller portion, which holds approximately one ounce of food. The surgeon then connects the small intestine directly to the smaller stomach pouch allowing fewer calories to be absorbed into the body.


Depending on the type of surgery – minimally invasive or traditional – recovery can include a two to three-day hospital stay. Most patients can return to normal activity within two to three weeks.


Weight loss after gastric bypass surgery can be dramatic. On average, patients lose 60 percent of their extra weight. For example, a 350-pound person who is 200 pounds overweight would lose about 120 pounds.

Individual results may vary. There are risks associated with any surgical procedure. Talk with your doctor about these risks to find out if bariatric surgery is right for you.
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