Weight Loss Surgery
Studies show that people who are most successful at weight loss and weight maintenance rely on a team of medical professionals to offer support and advice. Norwood Hospital’s experienced and compassionate team includes a surgeon, nurse practitioners, dietitians and a mental health counselor who all work together to provide patients with comprehensive, coordinated care.
Norwood Hospital's Center for Weight Control offers sleeve gastrectomy and LAP-BAND® treatments to qualifying patients, as well as a new weight loss intervention – gastric balloon.
Sleeve Gastrectomy – also called “gastric sleeve” – is a non-reversible procedure where approximately 85 percent of the stomach is removed, the remaining taking on a tube shape. This laparoscopic surgery only calls for a few small incisions, leading to a safer and quicker recovery for patients.
The Orbera Intragastric Balloon is made of soft, smooth silicone rubber. With an endoscopic, non-surgical procedure, the empty balloon is passed down through the mouth and esophagus and placed in the stomach. After the balloon is in place, the balloon is filled with saline and inflates to become about the size of a grapefruit. The balloon remains in the stomach for six months, taking up space and creating a feeling of fullness, during which time patients are required to maintain a healthy diet and exercise program.
LAP-BAND® is a reversible laparoscopic weight loss surgery that relies on a surgically implanted small silicone ring around the upper part of the stomach. The LAP-BAND® creates a small pouch, reducing stomach capacity and helping patients feel satisfied sooner. The LAP-BAND® can be adjusted during a routine office visit to provide the restriction necessary to maintain a feeling of satisfaction.
Watch our brief online seminar to learn more about obesity and your health, surgical weight-loss options, including risks and benefits, and about life after surgery.
- Adam M. Glasgow, MD
Weight Loss Surgery