Surgery

Weight Loss (Bariatric) Surgery

If you are obese and have struggled to successfully lose weight through diet and exercise, surgical weight loss may be the solution for you. To help you decide, see our Frequently Asked Questions.

Surgical Weight Loss Program

St. Anthony’s Surgical Weight Loss Program features board-certified surgeons and a bariatric coordinator to guide you through your weight loss surgery experience.

Weight Loss Procedures

Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass (RYGB) surgery is a procedure that uses both restriction and malabsorption to achieve weight loss. With Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery, staples are used to permanently close off part of the stomach and create a small stomach pouch for the food you eat. A Y-shaped piece taken from an upper portion of the small intestine is then attached to this small stomach pouch. As a result, food from your stomach pouch bypasses the initial portion of the intestine, which normally would absorb calories and nutrients after eating. This is the most common types of weight-loss surgery performed in the United States. Graphic depicting how Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass (RYGB) works for weight loss (bariatric) surgery.
Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy is a restrictive bariatric surgery. During this procedure, the surgeon creates a small, sleeve-shaped stomach by removing approximately 85 percent of the stomach. The remaining stomach is about the size of a banana. Weight loss occurs because the procedure causes the stomach to tolerate a limited amount of food, causing a feeling of fullness more quickly. Graphic depicting how Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy works for weight loss (bariatric) surgery.
Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding is a restrictive procedure in which a silicone band is placed around the upper part of the stomach, creating a much smaller stomach pouch. The band slows the passage of food from the stomach into the intestine, which allows you to feel full for a much longer time after eating. Graphic depicting how Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding works for weight loss (bariatric) surgery.

 

Health Benefits

Studies have shown the following health benefits to weight loss surgery:

  • Improvement of diabetes in more than 85 percent of patients, including lower blood sugar and percent glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c)
  • Diabetes remission (blood sugars at normal levels and all diabetes medications eliminated) in 79 percent of patients
  • Improvement in sleep apnea in 75 percent of patients
  • Average cost of diabetic and hypertension medications dropped from $237 a month to $43 a month

Source: Obesity Surgery

More Information

For more information about St. Anthony’s Surgical Weight-Loss Program, call 314-525-4319 or sign up to attend an informational seminar.