Weight Loss Surgery

The Surgical Weight Loss Center at DeKalb Medical offers three surgical options for treating morbid obesity, the Lap-Band® System, the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, and Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy.

Lap-Band® System

The Lap-Band® System is designed to help you lose excess body weight, resolve obesity-related health conditions and enhance quality of life. This procedure offers the only adjustable surgery that does not require cutting and stapling of the stomach or gastrointestinal rerouting to bypass normal digestion. The Lap-Band® System is a tool to help achieve sustained weight loss by limiting how much can be eaten, reducing appetite and slowing digestion. The amount of weight lost depends on both the band and the motivation and commitment of your new lifestyle and eating habits.

Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass

The most frequently performed weight loss procedure in the U.S., the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, is considered by many to be the gold standard procedure for weight loss surgery. The Roux-en-Y gastric bypass is both a restrictive and a malabsorptive procedure. It limits the amount of food intake as well as the types of food that can be eaten. The Roux-en-Y procedure is performed using minimally invasive surgical techniques, also known as laparoscopic surgery. The average excess weight loss in the Roux-en-Y procedure is generally higher in a compliant patient than with purely restrictive procedures.

Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy

A lap sleeve gastrectomy is a type of weight-control surgery that removes part of the stomach. This results in a new stomach that is roughly the size and shape of a banana. Once the stomach is smaller, you feel full very quickly when you eat. The sleeve gastrectomy does not require the implantation of an artificial device inside the abdomen.