Bariatric Surgery

Two types of bariatric surgery are performed at the Abrazo Maryvale Campus. Your medical team will review each procedure to help determine the best method for ​you.

Here’s a short description of each bariatric procedure.

Adjustable Laparoscopic Band

This is a restrictive procedure. The intestinal track is not bypassed or altered. For the procedure, a soft and supple device is placed around the top of the stomach, creating a small upper pouch that causes the nerves to be more sensitive. Stimulating the nerves sends a message to the brain that you don’t need to eat anymore, leaving you with a full, satisfied feeling. The device is easily adjustable to create precise restriction for each individual patient.  

Why you might consider this surgery

  • The least invasive surgical option requiring no intestinal re-routing
  • Performed through a laparoscope. There is generally less pain, a shorter hospital stay and quicker recovery
  • Procedure is fully reversible, unlike gastric bypass surgery
  • The device is adjustable by your doctor, allowing you to moderate your intake appropriately

Considerations and risks

  • Lap-bands may slip. The device is placed around the upper part of the stomach but may slip down. This may happen after persistent vomiting
  • Requires regular follow-up for optimal results
  • Slower initial weight loss than traditional gastric bypass 

Bariatric Sleeve Gastrectomy

This is a type of weight loss surgery that removes up to two-thirds of the stomach. It’s also known as a gastric sleeve surgery. The surgery turns the stomach into a narrow tube that looks like a sleeve. The sleeve holds 8 oz. of food at a time, and you feel full faster. Your stomach will make less of the main hormone responsible for hunger.

Why you might consider this surgery

  • Less complex than a gastric bypass
  • Tends to have fewer complications than gastric bypass
  • Can be better at controlling hunger than lap banding
  • Can lead to loss of about two-thirds of your excess weight
  • Reduced risk of dumping syndrome

Considerations and risks

  • Can cause or worsen existing reflux
  • Is not reversible
  • Because the procedure involves stomach stapling, leaks and other complications related to stapling may occur.