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.

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