Bariatric/Weight Loss Surgery
The Center for Weight Loss Surgery at Danbury Hospital offers surgical solutions for long-term weight loss to people who are obese and committed to reclaiming their health. The American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) recently joined their respective national bariatric surgery accreditation programs into a single unified program to create one national accreditation standard for bariatric surgery centers: the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). Danbury Hospital is proud to be recognized by the MBSAQIP as a Comprehensive Center.
We offer several types of bariatric (weight loss) surgery to help you improve your health. Together with your surgeon, you will discuss and decide which surgical procedure is best for you. The weight loss surgery procedures available at Danbury Hospital include:
- Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy: Removing more than half of the stomach to create a tube (with a sleeve-like shape) brings weight loss in two ways. First, the size of the stomach is significantly reduced so less food can be consumed. Second, reducing the size of the stomach affects production of ghrelin, the hormone that governs appetite, so patients feel less hunger.
- Laparoscopic gastric bypass (Roux –en-Y): A small stomach pouch is created and re-connected to the small intestine; weight loss results from calorie malabsorption and calorie restriction.
- Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding: An adjustable silicone band (the Realize Band™) placed around the top portion of the stomach creates a small pouch without disrupting the digestive process. After surgery, the band is adjusted to allow patients to achieve their optimal level of fullness.
- Robotic bariatric surgery: Using the da Vinci surgical system for gastric bypass or sleeve surgery allows the surgeon better visualization, so they can work on a smaller, more precise scale than with conventional surgery.
- Revisional bariatric surgery: Some people require a surgical revision of the first bariatric procedure for medical reasons. Our surgeons are experienced at assessing your current medical status to identify the best treatment plan for you.