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Weight Loss Surgery

Weight loss surgery is an effective tool for those who are obese and have been unsuccessful losing weight through diet or exercise. We perform surgery including gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy. Our program was created to set you up for success – from your initial appointment with our team, to preparing you for surgery day, recovery, post-op nutrition, support groups and mental health support to help guide you through the life changes that come with significant weight loss.

Our Expertise

We are fellowship trained in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery and have experience helping patients achieve successful outcomes through weight loss surgery. We continue to raise the bar and bring the best technology to our patients, giving them more options and the highest caliber of care right here in Baton Rouge.


    Understanding Your Surgery Options

    When it comes to choosing which bariatric procedure is right for you, you’re not alone. Your care team will help with this important decision based on a number of personal factors, including weight, general health, other health conditions, National Institutes of Health (NIH) guidelines, and personal preferences.

    Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass

    According to the American Society of Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery and the NIH, gastric bypass is considered one of the best procedures for weight-loss surgery. It is the second most frequently performed weight-loss procedure in the United States. Patients who undergo gastric bypass lose an average of 50% to 70% of their excess body weight and keep most of it off long term.

    This procedure combines restrictive eating with malabsorption, in which food is delayed in mixing with bile and pancreatic juices to help aid in the absorption of nutrients. The result is an early sense of fullness, combined with a sense of satisfaction that reduces the desire to eat.

    In this procedure, a small stomach pouch is created. The rest of the stomach is not removed from the body but is completely stapled shut from the stomach pouch. The food leaves the newly formed stomach pouch and flows into the lower portion of the small intestine, thus bypassing this first part of the small intestine. This is done by cutting the small intestine open and connecting the second section with the newly formed stomach pouch. The first section is then attached to the lower portion of the small intestine (creating the “Y”in the Roux-en-Y name).

    roux-en-y gastric bypass

    Sleeve Gastrectomy

    The vertical sleeve gastrectomy procedure (also known as the “gastric sleeve”) is the most common weight-loss surgery procedure. The reason for this procedure’s popularity is the fact that the digestive system stays largely intact, and its high success rate. Like gastric bypass, gastric sleeve patients lose an average of 50% to 70% of their excess body weight and keep most of it off long term.

    During the gastric sleeve procedure, the surgeon staples and removes the outer three-fourths of the stomach, leaving a smaller, banana-shaped or sleeve-shaped stomach. This technique shrinks the capacity of the stomach.

    Sleeve Gastrectomy

    How do I qualify for weight loss surgery?

    To qualify for weight loss surgery, you must meet the following guidelines:

    • Diet and exercise have been unsuccessful in maintain long term weight loss
    • You must have a BMI >35
    • If you have type II diabetes, you must have a BMI >30
    • Bariatric surgery considered for those with a BMI of 30 – 34.9 who do not achieve substantial or durable weight loss or obesity disease-related improvement using nonsurgical methods

    Which surgery is right for you?

    Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass

    Sleeve Gastrectomy

    Length of Surgery

    90 - 120 minutes 60 - 90 minutes

    Changes to Digestive System

    Digestive system is rerouted and shortened. Food moves through body much quicker. Lower two thirds of stomach is removed, leaving a smaller, banana shaped stomach.

    Biggest Risk

    Patients can have respiratory problems, leaking, hernias, bowel obstructions, ulcers, intolerance to certain foods, and nutritional deficiencies. Patients can have increased risk of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). The stomach can leak, narrow to further restrict its size and cause hernias.

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    Contact Us

    Call (225) 333-3800 to work with our team to find out if robotics bariatric surgery is the right approach for you.

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    FAQs

    How Should I Prepare for Bariatric Surgery?

    It would help if you prepared for weight-loss surgery. Whether robotic or laparoscopic, it is essential to engage in a lifestyle program that will enlighten you about the surgery. The agenda will cover expected results, potential side effects, and life after the operation. Remember, your life will never be the same again after surgery.

    For those who smoke, you should quit smoking at least three months before the surgery. Smoking can delay wound healing, which increases the risk of wound infection. If you are excessively overweight, your physician may advise you to lose some pounds before bariatric surgery. Here, you will get a recommended diet plan and an exercise routine to help you.

    Click here to download the pre-surgery checklist.

    What Are the Expected Results?

    After bariatric surgery, expect to lose approximately 60% of your extra weight. For sleeve gastrectomy robotic surgery, patients should expect to lose 40% of the excess body weight. However, the results will significantly depend on your lifestyle after the surgery.

    What Are the Benefits of Robotic Bariatric Surgery?

    With the bariatric robotic system, patients get safe and accurate body weight loss. The automated system features a high magnification camera and 3D view and provides the surgeon with a better range of motion. It allows the surgeon to be more precise and controlled during the procedure. As such, there is a reduced risk of complications during and after the surgery.

    Compared to conventional laparoscopic medical weight loss surgery, bariatric robotic surgery will likely offer you more potential benefits. You are likely to enjoy quicker recovery, lower infection rates, a shorter period in the hospital bed, reduced scarring and pain, and a lower risk of attached follow-up after surgery. Even more, you are likely to return to your routine sooner.

    What Is Recovery Like?

    Most patients recover after 2 to 3 weeks. However, some patients may take up to 5 weeks to heal. All in all, resting is highly recommended to quicken the healing process. You also need to walk around and stretch a bit to allow perfect blood circulation.

    Consider consuming nutritious meals as advised by your dietitian. After healing, you should gradually start exercising, but make sure you do it in moderation to avoid putting too much pressure on your stomach.

    Click here to download the post-surgery checklist.

    What Changes Should I Anticipate After Weight Loss Surgery?

    Life after bariatric surgery should be different. Therefore, it is wise to adopt a healthier lifestyle. You need to eat small meals (3 meals per day), avoid snacking, stay hydrated by drinking a lot of water, and most importantly, exercise regularly.

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