Bariatric Surgery Procedures

Flushing Hospital Medical Center is proud to announce

that our Bariatric Surgical Center has been accredited as a Comprehensive Center under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP®)

 

Our highly trained and experienced physicians offer the following bariatric procedures:

Gastric Bypass

During this procedure, the surgeon divides the stomach into two parts (one small and one large) then uses staples or vertical banding to create a small pouch from the upper part of the stomach.  The small pouch is then directly attached to the small intestine bypassing the rest of the stomach and the upper part of the small intestine. This limits the amount of food that can be eaten and reduces the fat and calories that can be absorbed. The larger part of the stomach will remain intact to produce digestive juices. This surgery is usually performed laparoscopically.


Lap Band

Lap band surgery is one of the simplest forms of surgery, as there is no cutting or stapling of the stomach or small intestine involved. This is a minimally invasive procedure and is performed laparoscopically. The surgeon places an inflatable silicone band on the upper part of the stomach, which is secured by sutures. The band will be adjusted by injecting a small amount of saline solution into a port.  A small pouch will be created, which will restrict the amount of food you are able to eat.


Sleeve Gastrectomy  

During this procedure, a part of the stomach is removed, permanently reducing the stomach to about 25% of its original size.  The surgeon creates a new tube-shaped stomach or “gastric sleeve.” With a smaller stomach you will feel fuller more quickly. Weight loss is induced because the food intake will be restricted. This procedure is irreversible and usually performed laparoscopically.


Gastric Revision

Bariatric surgery is very effective and has a high rate of success; however, if a patient does not stick to a strict diet and an exercise regimen, there is a possibility that they can regain 50% of the weight they have lost.  If the volume of food that a patient is consuming has increased over a period of time, chances are the size of the gastric pouch may have also increased. Surgeons are able to revise bariatric procedures such as lap band, sleeve gastrectomy and gastric bypass to restore the capacity of the gastric pouch.


Duodenal Switch

During this laparascopic procedure  a moderately sized  stomach pouch is created, restricting  the amount of food you can eat.  This section of the stomach is then attached to the first segment of the small intestine ( the duodenum). The duodenum will be separated from the rest of the small intestine (second and third segments) and attached to the lowest segment of the small intestine. This allows food to bypass  the second and third segments of the small intestine , so that you absorb fewer calories.


Obalon Balloon

This is a temporary, non-surgical weight loss program that uses balloons in the stomach to reduce your appetite. This effective weight loss treatment option is is offered as a six month program and it is only available to patients who meet the criteria. Obalon is FDA approved, but it is not currently covered by insurance.