Best Treatment Options by the Most Qualified Surgeons

Bariatric surgeonDeciding on your surgical weight loss treatment is personal and varies from person to person. Before your surgery we will help you learn about the surgical options available so that you can choose the best fit for your needs.

University of Utah Health Care offers three bariatric surgery options:

Learn more about the differences between minimally invasive surgery and conventional surgery.

Procedure

Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy

Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding

Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass

Surgery Length 1 1/2 to 2 hours About 1 hour About 1 hour
Hospital Stay 2-3 days 1-2 days 2-3 days
Recovery Time 2 week average 2 week average 2 week average
Follow-Up Visits 5 visits with surgeon during  first year after your surgery; yearly after that Monthly with your surgeon first 12-18 months (to adjust your band properly); yearly after that 4 visits with surgeon first year after surgery; yearly after that
Reversible? Not reversible Reversible and adjustable Difficult to reverse
Side Effects
  • May cause heartburn
  • No dumping syndrome
  • Malabsorption and nutrition deficiencies less likely to occur
  • May cause heartburn
  • No dumping syndrome
  • Malabsorption and nutrition deficiencies less likely to occur
  • Treats heartburn
  • Dumping syndrome after large amounts of sugar
  • May cause diarrhea, sweats, cramps
  • More prone to nutritional deficiencies without vitamin supplementation
Weight Loss Rate

Faster than with adjustable gastric banding; generally falls between gastric bypass and gastric banding

Slower weight loss; less than both gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy

Faster than with adjustable gastric banding; patients lose the most weight on average and maintain weight loss