Bariatric Surgery Options
Your bariatric surgeon at New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC) works closely with you to determine if you are a good candidate for a weight-loss procedure. Your body mass index (BMI), health status, and lifestyle are considered to determine which procedure is best for you.
These operations can be performed laparoscopically (small incisions to the abdomen) and/or robotically (computer-assisted surgery used to aid in surgical procedures). Robotic bariatric surgery is carried out by a surgeon who utilizes a surgical robot to assist by using computer-guided, magnified, 3D visualizations. Robotics provides the surgeon with the benefit of additional range of motion and better ergonomics.
Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass – Most Common Option
Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass is the most commonly performed bariatric surgery. Your surgeon creates a very small stomach pouch and connects your small intestine to the pouch, bypassing the larger portion of your stomach. This is often the first option for patients with diabetes.
Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy
Depending on your medical history, your physician might recommend a sleeve gastrectomy. In this procedure, a large portion of your stomach is removed, and the remaining stomach is stapled together. You will feel full after eating a very small amount of food.