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Bariatric Surgery Surgical Options and Outcomes

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Bariatric Surgery Frequently Asked Questions

UW Health Medical and Surgical Weight Management surgeons perform the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, laparoscopic adjustable gastric band and sleeve gastrectomy procedures as well as revisional surgery for people who have had previous weight loss surgery.

The majority of these procedures are performed laparoscopically, where a small video camera and surgical instruments are inserted through tiny holes in the abdomen, allowing the surgeon to perform and view the surgery on a video monitor. This approach reduces operating time, leads to quicker recovery with fewer complications and reduces your hospital stay.
Prior to Surgery
Video: The Bariatric Surgery Program
Surgery Options 

Bariatric Surgery Outcomes

Weight loss surgery is a tool that, with your commitment to pre-surgery preparation and post-surgery lifestyle changes, can greatly reduce excess weight, improving your longevity and quality-of-life and decreasing your risk of many weight-related conditions, including cardiovascular disease and cancer.
Weight loss surgery addresses the effects of several diseases and conditions associated with obesity. You may experience improvement or resolution of the following:
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Hypertension
  • Degenerative joint disease
  • Dyslipidemia
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer

Risks are uncommon and can often be avoided by making diet and lifestyle changes. There is a risk of complications during any surgery, including bleeding, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism (blood clots in the legs that travel to the lungs), reactions to anesthesia, wound infections, and cardiac event or death. Complications specific to weight loss surgery may include:

  • Leaks
  • Reflux
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Ulcer
  • Vitamin deficiency
  • Hernia
  • Malnutrition
  • Hair loss
  • Weight regain
  • Excess skin

Complications associated with the Band include slippage or erosion, obstruction, port flipping and port site infection. Your surgeon and team of health care professionals will work with you to determine the best procedure for you based on your health history and weight loss goals.