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Minimally Invasive Surgical Weight Loss Options

Bariatric Surgery in Virginia and West Virginia

Deciding to have metabolic and bariatric surgery is an important decision. Taking the first steps toward a new “you” is challenging, but the Valley Health Metabolic and Bariatric team is here to guide you through this process.

Our program is unique in that we provide a comprehensive, team approach to your health. Before, during and after your procedure, we have specialists on staff to guide you through the medical, surgical, dietary, emotional, and educational aspects of your decision. 99% of our surgeries are minimally invasive.

Minimally Invasive Surgical Weight Loss Options

Procedures Performed Using Robotic-Assisted Techniques

  • Sleeve Gastrectomy
    • A minimally invasive procedure in which the stomach is reduced to about 15% of its original capacity without rerouting of the intestines.
  • Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass-
    • Also called Gastric Bypass, is a minimally invasive procedure performed by reducing the size of the upper stomach and redirecting the small intestine.
  • Single Anastomosis Duodenal Switch (SADI-S)
    • The latest minimally invasive procedure that is similar to the duodenal switch, but there is only one anastomosis between the duodenum and the ileum.
  • Duodenal Switch
    • A minimally invasive option that combines a sleeve gastrectomy (restriction) with a bypass of the intestines (malabsorption).

Click here for a list of frequently asked questions about surgery.

Endoscopic Weight Loss Options

Incisionless Approach to Weight Loss

Endoscopic procedures are less invasive than traditional metabolic & bariatric operations. Instead of making incisions, a flexible scope is inserted through the mouth, to access the stomach. Endoscopic procedures achieve the same goal as traditional weight –loss surgeries, which is reducing the calories that the body can absorb. The recovery time from endoscopic metabolic & bariatric procedures is significantly less than traditional weight loss surgeries. Often times endoscopic bariatric patients are able to return to normal activities the next day.

The endoscopic platform can also be used to address complications of prior bariatric procedures for the treatment of weight re-gain, development of fistulas and ulcers.

Intragastric Balloon procedure

  • The intragastric balloon procedure is performed by inserting a saline-filled balloon into the patient’s stomach. The balloon is partially inflated once implanted into the stomach which limits the amount of food a patient can eat, making them feel fuller faster.
  • This procedure is performed in an outpatient setting and patients are able to go home within hours after the procedure.
  • The gastric balloon is left in place for six months and then must be removed.

Endoscopic Revision of Previous Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery

  • Revisional Bariatric Surgery
    • Endoscopic Transoral gastric outlet reduction (TORe)
      • A minimally invasive procedure that helps patients with dumping syndrome that have regained weight after gastric bypass surgery. In addition, it helps with early satiety and feeling full.
      • Endoscopic Revision is a procedure that may fix the problems that can arise from a previous gastric bypass or sleeve gastrectomy.
      • If you have had metabolic & bariatric surgery in the past and struggle with dumping syndrome, satiety, feeling full and have regained weight, this option may be right for you.
      • Because this is a non-surgical procedure, it can be done on an outpatient basis. No hospital stay is required.

Is Endoscopic Bariatric Surgery Right for Me?

  • Ideal candidates should have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or more and attempted weight loss with diet and exercise. Patients who have had previous weight loss surgery may also be candidates.
  • Patients should commit to a healthier lifestyle in order to gain the full benefits of their procedure. A healthy diet and regular exercise are vital to sustaining results after endoscopic bariatric surgery.
  • Attend an online information session to see what options may be right for you.

Interested in surgical weight loss? Watch the information session video and complete the online demographic form on this page.

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