Bariatric Surgery - Surgical Weight Loss

Bariatric Surgical Treatment Options

HEalthy life next exitDeciding on your surgical weight loss treatment is personal and varies from person to person. Prior to your surgery we will help educate you on the surgical options available to help you make the decision on which one is the best fit for your needs.

University of Utah Health Care offers three Bariatric Surgery options:

Comparison of University of Utah Bariatric Surgical Treatment Options:

Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass

Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy

Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding

  • Surgery takes an  1 1/2 to 2 hours
  • 2-3 days in hospital
  • An average of 2 weeks for recovery
  • 4 follow-up visits with your surgeon during the first year after your surgery and then yearly thereafter
  • Difficult to reverse
  • Effectively treats heartburn
  • Dumping syndrome: Large amounts of sugar may cause diarrhea, sweats, cramps
  • Weight loss is faster than with adjustable gastric banding
  • Patients lose the most weight on average and maintain weight loss
  • More prone to nutritional deficiencies without vitamin supplementation
  • Surgery takes about 1 hour
  • 2-3 day post-operative hospital stay
  • An average of 2 weeks for recovery
  • 5 follow-up visits with your surgeon during the first year after your surgery and then yearly thereafter
  • Not reversible
  • May cause heartburn
  • No dumping syndrome
  • Weight loss is faster than with adjustable gastric banding
  • Weight loss generally falls between gastric bypass and gastric banding
  • Malabsorption and nutrition deficiencies less likely to occur
  • Surgery takes about 1 hour
  • 1-2 day post-operative hospital stay
  • An average of 2 weeks for recovery
  • Monthly follow-up visits with your surgeon during the 1st 12-18 months (to adjust your band properly) and then yearly thereafter
  • Reversible and adjustable
  • May cause heartburn
  • No dumping syndrome
  • Slower weight loss
  • Less weight loss than both gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy
  • Malabsorption and nutrition deficiencies less likely to occur

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