Types of Weight Loss Surgery
We currently offer three great weight loss procedures: The Gastric Band (Lap-Band), the Gastric Imbrication (Plication) with the Lap-Band, and the Verticle Sleeve Gastrectomy (Gastric Sleeve). We think these are the three best procedures today. While most patients come to us with an idea of what they want, we like having patients fully informed about all procedures before they choose one. So much so that we wrote a 400 page book about them!
Weight loss operations should be treated as tools that can help you change your eating habits to not only lose weight, but to become healthy. Each operation has its pros and cons.
After years of doing all the procedures, we settled on those that we feel offer the safest choice for weight loss and the most reversible: the gastric plication and the band. But we also find that the gastric sleeve offers options for some of our patients For a more comprehensive look at all the procedures please check our book, “Weight Loss Surgery: A Lighter Look at a Heavy Subject.”
Below is a list of the five most commonly performed bariatric procedures:
Roux-n-Y Gastric Bypass Operation (RGB)
Adjustable Gastric Banding (commonly known as the LAP-BAND®)
Vertical Banded Gastroplasty (VBG)
Duodenal Switch (DS)
Our book, 400 pages, contains the most comprehensive view of most weight loss operations — explaining them in detail. Another good resource is www.drsimpson.net where all the procedures are explained in detail.
The newest weight loss procedure: Gastric Imbrication and Imbrication with the band (ILAP): The stomach is folded in on itself – and unlike the sleeve- this operation allows patients to retain their stomach. It has great weight loss with reported less morbidity and mortality. This is currently considered an experimental procedure. Dr. Simpson has been performing these procedures lately, and has received approval for a study that he is currently conduction for both the plication, and the ILAP procedure (this is a combination procedure that involves the plication with the band).
With Dr. Simpson’s first 50 ILAP procedures there was increased weight loss over the band alone. “We are very excited to be offering these procedures. It adds to the band which, by itself, is an outstanding procedure, but this appears to have an increased weight loss benefit.