Surgical Procedure Options

Types of Bariatric Surgery

The Center for Bariatric Surgery & Metabolic Medicine at UMCP does all types of bariatric surgery, from gastric bypass to LAP-BAND. Nearly all of the operations performed by our surgeons are performed laparoscopically, using minimally invasive techniques.


Types of Bariatric Surgery Performed at The Center for Bariatric Surgery & Metabolic Medicine

Laparoscopic (Minimally Invasive) Bariatric Surgery

In the past decade, bariatric surgeons have begun performing several types of bariatric surgery using minimally invasive techniques. This approach uses five or six tiny incisions (rather than one large incision) to perform the operation. These operations require two well-trained surgeons.

During the procedure, a laparoscope is inserted into the abdomen. This provides the surgeons with a magnified view on a TV monitor. This offers better visualization throughout the procedure than traditional open surgery, allowing for more precise work.

Additionally, by eliminating the large abdominal incisions, bowel manipulation and extensive dissection, patients enjoy a faster recovery. Further advantages of the laparoscopic approach include less pain following the surgery, less scarring, and an earlier discharge from the hospital.

Nearly all types of bariatric surgery are performed laparoscopically.

Reversibility of Bariatric Procedures

The LAP-BAND and gastric bypass procedures are both potentially reversible. Reversal requires an operation of the same magnitude and risk as the original procedure. Reversal of other bariatric operations, such as the gastric sleeve, is rare.

Our surgeons are ready to help you decide which bariatric procedure is right for you.

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