Types of Weight Loss Surgery
At Einstein, almost all types of bariatric surgery are performed laparoscopically. Because the surgery is minimally invasive, it’s easier to get back to life more quickly. Often, patients stay in the hospital for just one night and can even return to work within as little as one week.
The surgeon performs the procedure through a few small incisions in the abdomen or opts for Robotic-assisted bariatric surgery, which uses the da Vinci® robot to perform the procedure through small incisions, much like laparoscopic surgery.
The best way to weigh your options of sleeve gastrectomy vs gastric bypass is to speak with one of our experienced and dedicated specialists. We can walk you through the main differences and help you choose the right approach.
What is Gastric Bypass Surgery?
Our Roux-en Y gastric bypass surgery program was the first in the region to use the da Vinci® Surgical System for robotic assistance during a gastric bypass procedure. Magnified views and better control to navigate instruments through tiny incisions. This minimally invasive weight loss technique produces the most dramatic weight loss results and offers several advantages over traditional gastric bypass surgery.
What does this type of weight loss surgery mean for me?
- Five smaller incisions and less invasive access to the surgical site
- Faster healing time
- Minimal pain, decreased scarring and overall blood loss
- Improved or cured diabetes, hypertension, arthritis, venous stasis disease, certain types of headaches, heartburn, sleep apnea and many other disorders
- Significant improvements in quality of health and life expectancy
What is Sleeve Gastrectomy?
Sleeve gastrectomy, or vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG) or gastric sleeve, is laparoscopic surgery that reduces your stomach to about a quarter of its size, resulting in a sleeve-shaped pouch. It’s the fastest-growing type of weight loss surgery in the United States. Candidates for this type of bariatric procedure typically have a Body Mass Index above 40.
What does this type of surgery mean for me?
- A minimally invasive technique with smaller incisions, through a robotic procedure that allows for more precise control of the instruments and faster healing time
- Minimal pain and faster recovery time
- Limits the amount of food you can eat and reduces the amount of the hunger-causing hormone Ghrelin in the stomach
- Improved or cured hypertension, arthritis, venous stasis disease, certain types of headaches, heartburn, sleep apnea and many other disorders
- Rapid weight loss for six months to a year
Learn more about the keys to a successful bariatric surgery here at Einstein Bariatrics.