Surgical Options

To decide which weight-loss surgery is best for you, start first by considering your current health and weight, your goals, and which procedures are covered by your insurance provider.

There are many different procedures to choose from but they fall into two basic categories:

  • One restricts the size of the stomach to reduce the amount of food you can eat.
  • The second type restricts the size of the stomach and also bypasses parts of the digestive tract to limit the calories absorbed as food passes through your intestines.

There are many factors to consider when choosing between these procedures, including the patient’s obesity-related medical problems and eating habits. Dr. Katz can help you choose which approach will help you achieve your individual goals in the safest manner possible.

Dr. Katz offers people in Southeastern Michigan and the surrounding communities the latest minimally-invasive surgical options, including:

  • Vertical sleeve gastrectomy
  • Roux-en-Y gastric bypass
  • Adjustable gastric banding
  • Intra-gastric balloon
  • Revisional weight-loss surgery

Revisional weight-loss surgery

Patients who have undergone bariatric surgery sometimes need a second procedure, either because of complications from the original surgery or problems that result in poor weight loss or the regaining of weight.

Dr. Katz uses the most advanced and least invasive surgical techniques to make needed adjustments and help patients achieve more successful weight loss and improved health.

Animated Weight Loss Surgery Education (Video)

Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy

Vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG) is an operation that removes about 80% of the stomach. The remaining "sleeve" is shaped like a banana and it empties directly into the small intestine, bypassing most of the stomach. It may help certain people who suffer from GERD and have health problems due to their size.

Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass

The Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass procedure is the most common and successful weight loss surgery performed today in the U.S. It involves the creation of a small stomach pouch, which allows patients to eat moderate portions of food and feel full, while limiting nutrients and calories and transforming how food is absorbed, digested and used by the body.

Adjustable Gastric Banding

In a minimally-invasive procedure, an adjustable gastric band (AGB) is surgically placed around the upper portion of the stomach, creating a small pouch. By creating this smaller, restrictive pouch, food fills the stomach up quickly and satisfies hunger sooner, so people generally eat less and lose weight without feeling deprived. The AGB is designed to be adjusted by removal or addition of fluid so the patient's pouch size can be changed as needed over time and it provides flexibility to change as desired. For more information on the Gastric Banding Procedure, please visit our "Lap Band" page.

Gastric Balloon

For many people who can't or don't want to go under the knife for gastric bypass surgery, the Orbera® balloon is a welcomed alternative. Gastric balloons are often used in lieu of conventional weight loss surgery. It is also known as a "malabsorptive procedure". During the procedure, a physician inserts a balloon into the stomach to help the patient feel fuller more quickly and for longer periods of time after eating.

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