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Types of Bariatric Surgery at UPMC in Central Pa.

Our bariatric surgeons are expert in the most advanced surgical options for weight loss. We specialize in minimally invasive options that offer faster healing and better results.

If your weight loss plans would best be achieved through surgery, our physicians and staff will work with you to determine which procedure is safest and most appropriate for you.

Surgical options include:

Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Gastric sleeve surgery removes approximately 85 percent of your stomach and re-shapes the remaining portion into a tube or sleeve. The result is a much smaller stomach which leaves you feeling less hunger and limits the amount of food you can take in.

Gastric sleeve surgery is considered a restrictive procedure, in that it reduces the size of meal portions your body can tolerate without changing the digestive process. However, a specialized diet and regimen of chewable and/or dissolvable vitamin supplements is recommended following the procedure. To find out more, talk with our staff.

Gastric Bypass Surgery

Gastric bypass surgery (Roux-En-Y) is a procedure in which a small section of the stomach is closed off, creating a stomach pouch. That pouch is then connected directly to the small intestine, allowing food to bypass the rest of the stomach, as well as the start of the intestinal tract. As a result, the new stomach will hold less food and keep it for a shorter period of time.

Because it creates a smaller stomach and changes the digestive process, gastric bypass is considered restrictive and absorptive. Following the procedure, you will need to commit to a lifelong maintenance plan which focuses on foods your body can easily process, as well as a regular exercise program.

In addition to consistent follow up with your physician after gastric bypass surgery, UPMC in Central Pa. also offers ongoing support services such as specialized nutrition services and support groups.

To find out more, talk with our staff.

Revisional Bariatric Surgery

When a prior weight loss surgery is altered it is called revisional weight loss surgery. A revisional surgery may be indicated if you have had inadequate weight loss and/or complications. We offer multiple options for revisional weight loss surgery including:

  • Band above bypass or previous stomach stapling
  • Revision of bands
  • Revision of gastric bypass surgery
  • It is important to note that revisional surgery may have additional risks associated with it. Your surgeon will discuss these risks with you at your consultation.

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