Surgical Options

St. Louis Bariatric Specialists is dedicated to the surgical treatment of Morbid Obesity.

Severe Morbid Obesity is a difficult medical condition to treat and in many cases after conservative treatment has been unsuccessful, bariatric surgery becomes the most sought after long-term success approach. This surgical approach is a tool that along with lifestyle changes will allow patients to lose weight and improve their overall health and wellbeing. Dr. Darin Minkin can help treat your obesity with minimally invasive surgery.

Understanding the different bariatric surgical procedures along with the benefits as well as the potential risks of each option will help facilitate your decision on whether weight loss surgery is an appropriate treatment for you. Weight loss surgery is the most powerful tool that doctors have to treat obesity, please review all the information below to find out what is best for you.

Sleeve Gastrectomy

The sleeve gastrectomy procedure is the most commonly performed bariatric surgery worldwide. This procedure is performed laparoscopically with a minimally invasive surgical technique in which 80-85% of the stomach is removed creating a smaller, more tubular stomach or “sleeve” which allows for better portion control.

Gastric Bypass

The Gastric bypass surgery is a combination of both restrictive and malabsorptive elements. The Gastric bypass refers to a surgical procedure in which the stomach is divided into a small upper pouch and a much larger lower “remnant” pouch and then the small intestine is rearranged to connect to the upper pouch.

Loop Duodenal Switch

The loop duodenal switch, also known as the SIPS or SADI Procedure, is the newest modification to the standard duodenal switch designed to provide even greater weight loss with less risk.

Lap Band

The Lap Band, also known as the adjustable gastric band, involves an inflatable silicone band that is placed around the upper portion of the stomach to achieve weight loss. This occurs by creating a smaller pouch above the band, leaving the rest of the stomach intact below it.

Sleeve Enhancement

There are some patients that have already undergone the Sleeve Gastrectomy procedure but after a given amount of time are not completely satisfied with their weight loss or the unsuccessful resolution of some of their medical conditions such as Type 2 Diabetes, hyperlipidemia, sleep apnea or hypertension.

Hiatal Hernia Repair

A hiatal hernia is a common condition in which the upper part of the stomach bulges through an opening in the diaphragm. It is caused due to weakened muscle tissue. The upper part of the stomach bulges through an opening in the diaphragm.

Revisional Weight loss Surgery

As with any medical condition, sometimes a single treatment or procedure may not be enough. If you have regained your weight after a previous bariatric operation such as Gastric Bypass, Gastric Sleeve or the Lap Band, or after having the Orbera balloon removed, you may be a candidate for a revisional procedure.

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