Surgical Weight Management

If you or someone you know is struggling with weight management, you are not alone. Today, nearly 66 percent of Americans are above their ideal body weight. And although obesity is a chronic condition that cannot be cured, we can control it.

At St. Vincent Healthcare-Weight Management, we offer two proven surgical methods for patients with significant weight loss needs. Our surgeons and staff are experts in each of these procedures and are happy to discuss which solution is right for you.

  1. Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery
  2. Gastric Sleeve

It is important, however, to be realistic about your weight loss goals. Most people at 40 or 50 years of age will not weigh what they did when they were 20 or 30 years old. Our goal is to help you improve your health, and this can be done with moderate losses and lifestyle changes.

You may be a candidate for bariatric surgery if you meet the following criteria:

  • You have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of at least 30.
  • You are over 18 years old.
  • You have been overweight for 5 years or longer.
  • You do not have an underlying illness that has caused you to gain weight.
  • You do not abuse drugs or alcohol.
  • You have been unable to sustain weight loss through diet and exercise. 
  • You are committed to making changes in your diet and lifestyle.
  • You are willing to continue to work with and be monitored by your Bariatric team.

The Metabolic/Bariatric Program at St. Vincent Healthcare is designated by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) as an Accredited Center for providing superior bariatric surgery patient care and delivering optimal levels of performance. Our multidisciplinary weight management program features preoperative education, weight loss surgery, nutritional guidance, and postoperative education and support- all designed to help you achieve and maintain your weight loss goals.

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Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery

The Roux-en-Y gastric bypass is considered by many to be the current gold standard procedure for weight loss surgery. It is the most commonly performed weight loss procedure in the United States.

How it Works
During the first part of the surgery, the stomach is divided into a large portion and a much smaller portion. The small part of the stomach accommodates much less food, meaning you will eat less and feel full quickly.

Second, in the bypass part of the surgery, the new, small stomach pouch is disconnected from the first part of the small intestine (the duodenum) and reconnected to a portion of intestine slightly further down (the jejunum). This surgical technique is called a "Roux-en-Y."

After the surgery, not only will you each much less, your body will absorb less calories.

Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Gastric sleeve surgery, or gastric sleeve resection, is one of the newer types of bariatric surgery.

During this procedure a bariatric surgeon removes about 85 percent of the stomach so that it takes the shape of a tube or sleeve.

How it Works
This operation is performed laparoscopically, meaning that the surgeon makes small incisions and inserts a viewing tube with a small camera (laparoscope) and other tiny instruments into these small incisions to remove part of the stomach.

In some cases, gastric sleeve surgery may be followed by a gastric bypass surgery or duodenal switch surgery after a person has lost a significant amount of weight. Called a "staged" approach to weight loss surgery, this makes the second procedure less risky than it would have been had it been the first and only procedure. The timing of the second surgery varies according to the degree of weight loss. It usually occurs within six to 18 months after the initial surgery.

To learn more about patients' success after bariatric surgery, read the articles below:

Success with Bariatric Surgery

Cured of Diabetes after Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric Surgery and Change