When it comes to weight loss surgery in Reno, there are many different routes you can take to achieve your desired goals.

There are three main types of weight loss surgery:

  1. LapBand
  2. Roux en Y 
  3. Vertical Sleeve

All of the above weight loss procedures are widely used and have been performed by Western Bariatric thousands of times. No artificial devices will be used or inserted into your stomach, and because each and every one of our patients is different, it is important to emphasize that while you someone you know may have had LapBand, it may be important for you to go with the Vertical Sleeve gastrectomy instead.

The Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy is the most widely used, and safest, in the bariatric world. As with any major surgery, gastric bypass and other weight-loss surgeries pose potential health risks, both in the short term and long term. Risks associated with the surgical procedure can include many different factors, and this will vary depending on what your weight was before entering surgery, and how you take care of yourself after surgery.

No matter which surgery you and your assigned patient advocate choose, it is important to understand that a weight loss procedure should not be taken lightly. Once this surgery is performed, it isn’t over, it is a lifestyle change that must be maintained for the rest of your life.

While the above procedures are all still widely used in bariatric practice, LapBand is quickly becoming obsolete. The vertical sleeve gastrectomy, however, is growing in popularity. We want to emphasize, though, that no foreign objects are inserted into your body.

Vertical sleeve, or “gastric sleeve surgery”, is one of the newest and fastest growing weight loss procedures in the United States. The sleeve procedure removes about 85% of the stomach and prompts weight loss* by reducing appetite and initiating hormonal changes in the gut.  *Results may vary.

The stomach is about the size of a banana after the surgery is performed. What makes the vertical sleeve procedure especially appealing is that it avoids the potential long-term problems associated with other weight loss procedures. Vertical Sleeve weight loss surgery is often safer than gastric bypass while yielding similar results.

How is the Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy Performed?

gastric sleeve

With this procedure, restriction of the stomach is accomplished by dividing, stapling and removing more than 85% of the existing stomach. The remaining part of the stomach is long and narrow, much like a shirt sleeve. Since the intestines are not touched, the functioning of the stomach remains the same.

This means the nutritional elements of food can still be absorbed, but the volume of food that can be eaten is drastically reduced.

Do you want to know if you qualify for weight loss surgery? Contact WBI today and let us help you choose the right weight loss program for you.

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  • Western Surgical's Bariatric Surgery Division - Western Bariactric Institute
  • The Obesity Epidemic
  • Weight Loss Surgery Options