Bariatric Surgery Overview

The surgeons at Virginia Mason offer multiple options for weight loss surgery.

Sleeve Gastrectomy

Sleeve Gastrectomy is an operation in which the left side of the stomach (greater curvature) is surgically removed. This is a restrictive bariatric surgery. The Sleeve Gastrectomy does not involve any "rerouting" or reconnecting of the intestines. It is often simpler than the RNY gastric bypass. It does not require implantation of a device such as the Adjustable Gastric Band.

Gastric Bypass

The surgeons at Virginia Mason specialize in gastric bypass surgery. This operation balances risk of operation with long-term weight loss and long-term nutritional complications better than any of the alternatives. Both the laparoscopic and open approaches to weight loss surgery produce similar long-term results. The open approach is generally associated with a longer recovery period.

Revisional Bariatric Surgery

Revisional weight loss surgery is performed to alter or repair a preexisting operation for treatment of morbid obesity. While bariatric surgery provides results for many patients, some patients — particularly those who may have had an outmoded operation performed many years ago — may not have had the positive outcome they expected. Others experience significant side effects or complications from previous weight loss surgery that is impacting their quality of life. Revisional weight loss surgery may require the open approach.

Gastric Balloon Procedure

During the gastric balloon procedure, a soft balloon (about the size of a grapefruit) is inserted into your stomach through your mouth, using an endoscope (a thin, flexible telescope). The balloon is then filled with saline to partially fill the stomach, allowing you to more easily control your portion sizes.

This particular procedure is completed in adjunct to our program, by the Gastroenterology & Hepatology department.

Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band Surgery

The Adjustable Gastric band is NOT performed at Virginia Mason due to frequent complications and weight loss failure. Due to these risks and complications, adjustable gastric bands are not supported as a routine primary operation at Virginia Mason.