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Weight Loss Procedures

Some weight loss surgery services or procedures modify the stomach and/or intestines to decrease the amount of food that you can eat, while others change the normal absorption of the food you eat.

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Weight loss surgery services can be divided into three types:
  1. Restrictive procedures like laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding and sleeve gastrectomy
    1. Decrease the amount of food intake at one time
    2. Promote a feeling of fullness
  2. Malabsorptive procedures
    1. Reduce absorption of calories
    2. Reduce protein
    3. Reduce nutrients
  3. Minimally-invasive procedure
    1. Intragastric balloon services
Weight loss surgery is generally designed for those with a body mass index (BMI) equal to or greater than 40, or equal to or greater than 35 with serious co-morbidities. Other weight loss procedures, such as laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding with the Lap Band® and endoscopic balloon procedures, are also FDA-approved for weight loss surgery in certain people with a BMI of 30 to 35. Weight loss procedures are considered safe, but like many types of medical intervention, they do have risks. Consult with your physician about the risks and benefits of weight loss procedures.