Minimally Invasive Bariatric Surgery

The state-of-the-art laparoscopic approach to weight loss surgery at CMMC offers the same life-changing results as traditional open weight loss surgery but with fewer complications, less pain, and faster recovery times. Patients are at less risk for infections and hernias and can typically return home only a few days after their surgery.

During traditional open weight loss surgery, a large incision typically 10 to 14 inches long is made from the lower edge of the breastbone to the belly button. In contrast, only five or six small incisions ranging from to inches in length are required for the laparoscopic technique.

CMMC bariatric surgeons conduct the minimally invasive procedure by inserting a laparoscope a thin tube with a tiny video camera through a 10-millimeter incision in the middle of the abdomen. The surgeon then inserts surgical instruments through the additional incisions to perform the operation. Throughout the surgery, the laparoscope's camera projects a magnified, high-resolution image of the surgical field onto video monitors in the operating room, helping the surgeon to perform the procedure safely and precisely.

Gastric Bypass Roux-en-Y Technique
Using the Roux-en-Y technique, bariatric surgeons re-route and shorten the digestive system. Patients generally lose the most weight with this reversible, minimally invasive procedure.

Using the Roux-en-Y technique, bariatric surgeons reduce the size of the stomachabout the size of a footballto the size of an egg. The stomach is divided into a small upper pouch and a larger lower "remnant" pouch. The upper pouch is then connected directly to the small intestine. The shorter route makes patients feel full faster and reduces the calories absorbed.

Sleeve Gastrectomy
During the gastric sleeve procedure, our bariatric surgeons remove about 85 percent of the stomach, leaving a smaller banana-shaped stomach with much smaller capacity. This procedure is irreversible.

Gastric Banding Gastric banding involves the placement of an adjustable silicone band around the upper part of the stomach. The band allows the stomach to hold less food and gives the feeling of fullness much sooner and for a longer period of time. Gastric banding requires no cutting, stapling, or stomach re-routing, and it is completely reversible.