Weight Loss Surgery

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Patients considering weight loss surgery can find compassionate care and comprehensive weight loss surgery options at the Center for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH). As a full service Level 1A Center of Excellence accredited bariatric center, we provide each patient with a weight loss surgery plan that is tailored to their individual needs. Our bariatric surgeons have over 70 years of cumulative experience and can perform each weight loss surgery procedure laparoscopically, enabling patients to recover more quickly and shorten their hospital stay.

Weight loss surgery options at BWH

The Center provides comprehensive options for weight loss surgery, including:

  • Laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery. This weight loss surgery involves creating a very small stomach section or pouch about the size of an egg. The intestine is then connected to the pouch so that food eaten travels into the pouch and directly into the small intestine where it is digested and absorbed. The surgery is effective because it limits the amount of food that a patient can eat.
  • Laparoscopic lap band surgery. This weight loss surgery is a safer and less complex option for patients who are seeking weight loss but are concerned about the potential complications of other surgeries. In this procedure, surgeons place an inflatable adjustable silicone band around the top of the stomach, creating a small pouch which fills up quickly with food. Food leaves the pouch slowly and is digested normally in the larger remaining section of the stomach. The procedure facilitates weight loss by limiting and controlling the amount of food the patient can eat.
  • Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy. This weight loss surgery involves resecting the outer crescent of the stomach so that it resembles a sleeve, and removing the area of the stomach where a major hormone that regulates the appetite is produced. The capacity of the stomach is reduced by 75 percent, reducing hunger and promoting weight loss. Sleeve gastrectomy is the newest type of weight loss surgery and is considered a compromise between the gastric bypass and lap band in terms of results and complications.
  • Laparascopic revisional surgery. A small number of patients require a revision of their original weight loss surgery. BWH surgeons perform reversals, revisions and conversions, where a particular weight loss procedure is converted to another approach.

Understanding Bariatric Surgery Treatment Options for Obesity

In this video, Dr. Scott Shikora, Director of Brigham and Women's Center for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, discusses weight loss surgery options for weight loss and metabolic treatment in patients with a body mass index (BMI) greater than 40 or BMI greater than 35 with a major co-morbid condition. Weight loss surgery, or bariatric surgery, can result in meaningful and sustainable weight loss that has long term health benefits. Brigham and Women's Center for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery performs several weight loss surgery procedures including lap band surgery (adjustable gastric band), sleeve gastrectomy and gastric bypass surgery.

Learn more about weight loss surgery

Attend an information session at BWH to learn more about weight loss surgery. You'll hear about the details and benefits of each weight loss surgery, and learn more about the program at BWH. To find a session, contact our new patient coordinator at 617-732-8500, ext. 1.

In addition to weight loss surgery, Brigham and Women's Hospital offers comprehensive care across a number of medical specialties, including cardiac surgery, neurosurgery, women's health, and spine surgery. Patients in need of specific procedures can use our physician directory to find specialists to perform orthopaedic surgery, a laminectomy, laparoscopic hysterectomy, and more.

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