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Treatments & Procedures

Weight Loss Surgery

About Bariatric Surgery Treatments

There are two ways in which weight loss surgery achieves its goals.

One way is shrinking the stomach. It’s known as restrictive because it limits how much food can be taken in. The other type of weight loss surgery is the malabsorptive technique. It has this name because it limits and hinders the amount of calories the body can absorb.

We offer two methods of surgery: Roux-en gastric bypass and a process known as adjustable gastric banding. The Roux-en- gastric procedure merges both the restrictive and the malabsorptive procedures. The adjustable gastric banding process (LAP-BAND) limits how much food can be consumed.

No method of surgery, neither gastric banding nor gastric bypass, is guaranteed, and your results with weight loss surgery can vary. Your dedication to making it work (including a new diet and way of life) will ultimately determine the success of any procedure.

Bariatric surgery promotes weight loss by two different methods. The surgical options we offer at Cleveland Clinic are Roux-en-gastric bypass and adjustable gastric banding.

Setting Realistic Expectations

To be successful and gain all the health benefits that bariatric surgery has to offer, you must make major changes in your daily eating habits and develop a healthy lifestyle, including a program of regular physical exercise.

Surgery Overview

Learn more about the digestive process and how safe weight loss surgery procedures are performed at Cleveland Clinic.

What Are the Risks?

The more extensive the weight loss operation, the greater the risk is for complications and nutritional deficiencies. Patients who undergo a bypass of the normal digestive process require close monitoring for safety, and lifelong addition of vitamins and minerals.

Results of Weight Loss Surgery

Most patients will lose about 60 to 80 percent of their excess body weight with the gastric bypass procedure, with substantial weight loss occurring 18 to 24 months after surgery.

Bariatric Surgery at Cleveland Clinic

At every step of the way, the staff of the Bariatric and Metabolic Institute focuses on your safety and your comfort. In addition, you have access to some of the world’s best physicians in other medical specialties.

Weight Loss Surgery Overview