Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric Surgery: Weight Loss Procedures at St. Rose Dominican Hospitals

Health appleBefore you undergo a bariatric procedure, St. Rose Dominican hospitals works with a bariatric team that performs a comprehensive evaluation to determine if you are a candidate. Candidates for bariatric surgery usually:

  • Are morbidly obese (overweight to the point that it interferes with your daily functioning)

  • Have not had weight-loss success with diet, exercise or lifestyle changes

Once you have completed the evaluation, your surgeon will talk to you about the different types of bariatric procedures and the risks and benefits of each one. Find a St. Rose Bariatric doctor.

Education Program for Bariatric Surgery Patients

At St. Rose Dominican, we know that having bariatric surgery is not a decision you are making lightly. We want to provide all of the information and education you need to make the right choice for your long-term health. That's why our bariatric surgery patients undergo an education program with their physician prior to their procedure. During this period, you can expect:

  • Psychological evaluation

  • Nutrition evaluation and counseling

  • Lifestyle modification classes

  • Other tests if necessary, such as sleep studies or cardiac testing

This time also allows you to meet any necessary insurance requirements.

Bariatric Surgery: Procedures We Perform

St. Rose Dominican's bariatric team performs three types of weight-loss surgery, and we take a personalized approach to your health care. Our team will make the careful decision regarding which approach will provide you with the best result. We encourage you to be an active member of your health care team and participate in the decision-making process.

Bariatric procedures we perform include:

  • Gastric Bypass Roux-en-Y 

  • Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy

Gastric Bypass Roux-en-Y (pronounced roo-on-why)

During normal digestion, food passes through your stomach and enters the small intestine where your body absorbs the nutrients and calories before the food continues along the digestive system. We usually perform this procedure laparoscopically, but your doctor may decide to perform it as a traditional open procedure. 
Roux en Y

During a Roux-en-Y surgery, your surgeon:

  1. Uses part of your stomach to create a new, smaller stomach pouch.

  2. Connects this smaller stomach to the middle of your small intestine.

This surgery accomplishes two goals:

  • Your smaller stomach means that you feel full more quickly, causing you to eat less.

  • By bypassing part of the intestine, you do not absorb as much food and nutrients, which leads to weight loss.


Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy

This surgery is restrictive, like the adjustable band surgery. Your smaller stomach will fill up more quickly, causing you to eat less and lose weight. However, unlike adjustable gastric band, it is not reversible.

Vertical SleeveDuring vertical sleeve gastrectomy, a laparoscopic procedure, we will:

  1. Make a few small incisions on your stomach.

  2. Remove most of your stomach.

  3. Connect the remaining parts of your stomach using staples, creating a banana-shaped stomach.

Lifestyle Changes After Bariatric Surgery

It is important to make lifestyle changes to accommodate your new stomach. Our team provides the full spectrum of care for our weight loss patients. We continue to work with you after your surgery and as you adjust to your new life.

Lifestyle changes include making sure to:

  • Eat soft foods and liquids for the first month. After that, you can slowly reintroduce solid foods back into your diet.

  • Chew food well.

  • Stop eating when you feel full.

  • Get enough vitamins, especially B12. Since your body is no longer absorbing as many nutrients, you may become deficient in certain vitamins. A dietitian can help plan nutritionally appropriate meals.

Contact Us

Find a St. Rose bariatric doctor or learn more about weight loss surgery at (702) 616-4976.