Borgess Bariatrics
1717 Shaffer Street Suite 124
Kalamazoo, MI 49048 |

Bariatric Surgical Procedures

Which procedure is best for you?

At the Borgess Bariatric Surgery Program, we carefully evaluate every candidate for bariatric surgery to provide the procedure that will deliver the best outcome. While all the surgical options we offer have a high rate of safety and effectiveness, no single procedure is right for every patient. Whichever bariatric surgery you have at the Borgess Bariatric Surgery Program you will receive complete multidisciplinary support long after the procedure is over and you are fully recovered, including nutritional and exercise guidance, to follow-up consultations and support groups.

Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass

This procedure makes the stomach smaller and alters digestion, reducing how many calories you eat without the feeling of hunger. The bariatric surgeon divides the upper portion of the stomach and inserts a Y-shaped section of the small intestine to bypass the portions of the digestive tract that absorb calories and nutrients. A patient can still enjoy eating, but enjoys eating less food.

Whenever possible, Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery is performed laparoscopically. This minimally invasive technique requires smaller incisions, which can result in reduced hospitalization, shorter recovery periods, less pain and fewer postoperative complications.

Please note: Although you may request laparoscopy, you may be a better candidate for open or traditional gastric bypass surgery.

Sleeve Gastrectomy

In some cases, a doctor may recommend a sleeve gastrectomy instead of gastric bypass. This laporascopic procedure involves surgically removing the left side of the stomach creating a much smaller, tube- or sleeve-shaped stomach — about the size and shape of a banana.

The smaller stomach significantly restricts the volume of food that can be eaten. By removing the majority of the stomach, this procedure also results in a reduction of the hormones that stimulate hunger.

Adjustable Banding

This procedure involves the placement of an adjustable silicone elastic band on the upper part of the stomach, typically using a laparoscopic technique. After surgery, the band can be adjusted by adding or withdrawing salt water through a small port placed under the skin during surgery.

By dividing the stomach into two portions, food intake is regulated, and patient feel full on smaller amounts of food. This procedure typically allows patients to eat a more varied diet than other bariatric surgeries.

The rate of weight loss with gastric banding is slower than with other bariatric procedures, but its minimally invasive features help reduce a patient's postoperative pain, length of stay and recovery time. Gastric banding is also the only reversible procedure for weight loss.

Be sure to verify your insurance coverage.

Insurance coverage for bariatric surgery varies. Most insurance companies that provide reimbursement for bariatric surgery require that patients meet certain selection criteria. If you’re a candidate for any of these bariatric surgeries, contact your individual insurance carrier to learn more about your specific benefits.

If you do not have insurance or your plan does not cover bariatric surgery, Borgess offers self-pay option.

For details, call (269) 226.6863.