Gastric Bypass & Sleeve Gastrectomy
Today’s the day! You’ve reached your preoperative weight-loss goal, and you’re ready for surgery. Let’s review the types of bariatric surgery you can choose from.
Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass
A surgical procedure that changes how your stomach and small intestine handle the food you eat. After surgery, your stomach will be smaller. You will feel full with less food. The food you do eat will no longer go into every part of your stomach and small intestine that absorb food. Because of this, your body will not take in all the calories from the food you eat.
A surgical procedure to remove a large portion of your stomach. Your new, smaller stomach will be about the size of a banana. This limits the amount of food you can eat by making you feel full after eating small amounts of food.
After undergoing bariatric surgery, a healthy diet and exercise will always play an important role in managing your weight. But should you ever relapse, or if your sleeve gastrectomy doesn’t prove effective enough and you’d like to proceed with a gastric bypass, we can provide revision surgery to get you back on track.
Safe & Effective
Every surgery has its risks. Bariatric surgery, however, is highly effective, reducing excess weight by over 50 percent and often curing obesity-related conditions, like type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. It’s also safe, with mortality rates as low as 0.1% (less risky than a hip replacement). Our surgeons use robot-assisted technology and minimally invasive, laparoscopic techniques to further reduce the risk of complications. When it comes to bariatric surgery, the benefits far exceed the risks.
You can expect to spend 1-2 nights at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, where you'll be in the hands of our caring, attentive staff. You’ll have time to rest, but also be out of bed at least four times a day. Prior to going home, we’ll ease you into a temporary, post-surgical liquid diet. We’ll also provide an in-house evaluation, with a physical and occupational therapist, respiratory therapist, pharmacist, and registered dietitian.
See Michelle D.'s Story
“Now I can rollerblade and ride a bike. I don't need a seatbelt extension on a plane. I went to the Dominican, and I power sailed for the first time. It was on my bucket list for years. I do a lot of activities now. Kayaking. Hiking. I've done four 5Ks! All things I wanted to do or wished I could do, but you know, you're not motivated to do until you lose the weight.”
—Michelle D. from Rochester, NH