Hennepin Bariatric Center: Bariatric Surgery

We offer the most modern and reliable operations available in the world today:

  • Gastric Bypass — both laparoscopically (minimally invasive) as well as open
  • Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding

These operations are generations ahead of the older "stomach stapling" procedures of the past and offer obese people the most effective approach to weight loss surgery available today. Additionally, our doctors provide the full spectrum of obesity surgery services including revisional procedures, adolescent care, elderly care and a variety of other obesity related procedures. We have had very few instances of having to turn patients down based on medical complexity concerns due to our world class peri-operative care.

The laparoscopic and the open methods of surgery are both offered. These are the different ways the surgeon can use to access the abdominal contents. Either way, what is done on the inside is about the same. A person can expect the same weight loss regardless of the approach.

Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass

This is the most common procedure done for gastric bypass. During surgery, the top part of the stomach where food enters is made into a new, smaller stomach. The new stomach is then attached to the intestine. The old stomach holds about 22 ounces of food. After surgery, the new stomach holds about 1 ounce. People feel full with much less food. The original stomach is left in place.

Gastric Bypass graphics

Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band

Gastric Band graphic

In this procedure, a hollow band is placed around the upper end of the stomach. This band is connected to a port that is placed just under the skin. The band creates a pouch when it is tightened. The size of the band can be changed to control the rate at which food exits the stomach pouch.

Revisional Weight Loss Surgery

Have you had previous weight loss surgery and either it hasn't worked as well as you would have liked or have you had a substantial re-gain in weight? Let us help you solve this problem. We have extensive experience in all types of revisional weight loss surgery and many times, we find a mechanical problem that we can fix. For you, this means another chance for the success you have been seeking.