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Is Weight Loss Surgery Safe?
Find the information you need to decide if bariatric surgery is for you
Which weight loss surgery option should you choose?
An introduction to the types of weight loss surgery performed by NYU surgeons and factors to consider in making your choice.
Adjustable Gastric Band Surgery
Adjustable gastric band surgery is a "restrictive" operation, limiting food intake without interfering with your normal digestive process.
Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery
Roux-en-Y gastric bypass is a combined restrictive/malabsorptive operation, restricting your food intake and the amount of calories and nutrients your body absorbs.
Biliopancreatic Diversion Surgery
Biliopancreatic diversion (BPD), or Scopinaro procedure, is a malabsorptive operation that causes food to be poorly digested and absorbed.
Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy
The Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy is a restrictive bariatric operation. It generates weight loss by restricting the amount of food that can be eaten without any bypass of the intestines or malabsorption.
This new minimally invasive technique known as SILS (Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery) is the latest advancement in minimally-invasive surgery and represents an important step for weight loss surgical treatment.
Risks of Weight-Loss Surgery
Risks include lung problems (atelectasis, pulmonary embolism, bowel leakage, stomach blockage, wound infection, band slippage, and band erosion.
Benefits of Weight-Loss Surgery
Benefits include better quality of life, effectively maintained weight loss, improvement of obesity-related illnesses like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, degenerative arthritis, sleep apnea, urinary stress incontinence, and acid reflux.