Minimally Invasive Baratric Surgery
The surgeons at the PinnacleHealth Weight Loss Center are among the most experienced in the region when it comes to laparoscopic bariatric surgery.
When performed by a skilled surgeon, laparoscopic weight loss surgery is a safe and effective treatment. Our surgeons are recognized for their expertise and innovation. Laparoscopic procedures offer the same results as traditional open bariatric surgery--but with significantly less pain and fewer complications. Patients typically return home, work and daily activities significantly earlier than they would after traditional open weight loss surgery.
Our bariatric surgical results have earned us national recognition:
Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence (BSCOE) program by the Surgical Review Corporation (SRC) on behalf of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). This designation recognizes a demonstrated track record by PinnacleHealth of favorable outcomes in bariatric surgery.
Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.
What is Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgery?
Traditional "open" weight loss surgery requires a single large incision extending from the lower edge of the breastbone down to the belly button, typically 10 to 14 inches in length. In contrast, the laparoscopic technique requires five or six small incisions ranging from 1/4 to 3/4 inches in length.
The surgeon then inserts a laparoscope, which is a thin tube with a tiny video camera on the end of it, through a 10-millimeter incision in the middle of the abdomen. The surgical instruments are inserted through the additional incisions to perform the operation. Throughout the surgery, the laparoscope's camera projects a high-resolution, magnified image of the surgical field onto multiple video monitors, allowing the surgeon to perform the procedure safely and with high precision.
Bariatric Laparoscopic Surgery Procedures
We perform the following minimally invasive bariatric procedures:
Gastric Sleeve Surgery. Gastric sleeve surgery removes part of your stomach and re-shapes the remaining portion into a tube or “sleeve,” which limits your hunger and food intake.
Gastric Bypass Surgery. Gastric bypass surgery creates a small stomach pouch that bypasses a large portion of the stomach and duodenum.
LAP-BAND® Surgery. LAP-BAND® surgery reduces the size of the opening from the esophagus to the stomach with a “Lap Band” device, restricting your food intake.