Lutheran Weight Loss Center

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Surgical Weight Management

We specialize in bariatric surgery and other surgical solutions for those who have exhausted other weight loss options. You can trust our bariatric team to guide you every step of the way, from preparing for surgery through recovery and on to healthy living.

Bariatric surgery includes techniques that change the amount of food the stomach can hold. In turn, the body absorbs fewer calories and nutrients, which can result in dramatic weight loss.

Considering surgery for weight loss?

Our free weight loss surgery seminars are an opportunity for you to learn about surgical options in a safe and compassionate environment. Our goal is to equip you with the knowledge to make the decision that's right for you. We'll help you evaluate your readiness for surgery, understand the types of bariatric procedures and navigate your insurance coverage. You’ll learn about our weight loss services, meet the bariatrics team and get answers to your questions. Register now to begin your journey!

If you prefer, you may watch a video of our seminarThis short video is designed to give you all of the information you need to understand the process, risks and results of bariatric surgery from the comfort and privacy of your home.

What are my bariatric surgery options?

All our bariatric procedures are laparoscopic, or minimally-invasive, and are performed by our bariatric surgeons. You will need to call your local hospital to learn which of the below options are available in your area. The most common surgeries include:

Adjustable Gastric Banding

Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding restricts or reduces the size of the stomach without cutting it. The surgeon places a silicone band around the top part of the stomach, dividing it in two. The smaller part holds the food eaten and the patient feels full quickly. The rest of the stomach still secretes the fluids that aid digestion. Later the doctor can loosen or tighten the silicone band according to weight loss progress and the sensation of fullness. 

Roux-en-Y gastic bypass

The Roux-en-Y gastric bypass procedure helps patients lose weight in two ways:
  • By reducing the size of the stomach By limiting the nutrients that the intestines can absorb
  • The surgeon divides the stomach, creating a pouch – about the size of an egg – that feels full after eating a small amount of food. The larger portion of the stomach and a portion of the small intestine are bypassed and reconnected in a Y-shaped configuration. The shortened length of intestine absorbs fewer calories and nutrients.

Sleeve Gastrectomy

Sleeve gastrectomy is a restrictive bariatric procedure that permanently reduces the size of the stomach by about 85 percent. The larger, rounded part of the stomach is removed, leaving a small sleeved-shaped portion about the size and shape of a banana. Though the stomach is smaller, digestion and absorption of nutrients go on as normal. Some patients also may have duodenal switch surgery that reduces absorption of calories and nutrients by shortening the length of intestine that food passes through.


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