Weight loss surgery

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The St. Mark’s Weight Treatment center can help you restore your confidence and, more importantly, your health.

  • Learn your weight category and if you should lose weight.
  • Discover if weight loss surgery may be an option for you.
  • Identify your weight-related issues and conditions.

After you’ve completed your health risk assessment, you can print a copy of results to discuss with one of our bariatric specialists.

Good Candidates for Bariatric Surgery

You may be a good candidate for bariatric surgery if:

  • You are 75-100 pounds or more over your healthy (ideal) body weight.
  • You have a BMI of 40 or more, or you have a BMI of 35 or more and have serious health problems, such as diabetes or heart disease caused by excess weight. Calculate your BMI
  • You have tried other medically managed weight-loss programs without success.
  • You are motivated and committed to the lifelong post-operative care and lifestyle changes that bariatric surgery involves.

You may not be a good candidate for bariatric surgery if:

  • You have ongoing drug or alcohol addiction.
  • You have an uncontrolled mental illness.
  • You have a significant eating disorder.
  • You are unwilling to comply with the necessary guidelines following bariatric surgery.
  • Online weight-loss surgery risk assessment

The St. Mark’s Weight Treatment center can help you restore your confidence and, more importantly, your health.

Weight loss procedures in Salt Lake City, Utah

The Weight Treatment Center at St. Mark’s offers four bariatric surgery procedures, which are approved by the ASMBS.

Roux-en-Y gastric bypass—or gastric bypass surgery—involves the surgeon creating a smaller stomach pouch. The surgeon then attaches a Y-shaped section of the small intestine directly to the pouch. This allows food to bypass a portion of the small intestine, which reduces the amount of calories and some nutrients that your body will absorb. Having the smaller stomach pouch helps you to feel fuller sooner and eat less food and may help reverse diabetes.

According to the ASMBS and the National Institutes of Health, gastric bypass is the current gold standard procedure for weight loss surgery.

Advantages of gastric bypass

  • Produces significant long-term weight loss (60 to 80 percent excess weight loss)
  • Limits the amount of food that can be eaten
  • May lead to conditions that increase energy expenditure
  • Produces favorable changes in gut hormones that reduce appetite and enhance satiety

Disadvantages of gastric bypass

  • It’s technically a more complex operation than the gastric sleeve or band and potentially could result in greater complications
  • Can lead to long-term vitamin/mineral deficiencies, such as vitamin B12, iron, calcium and folate
  • Requires adherence to dietary recommendations, lifelong vitamin/mineral supplementation and follow-up compliance
  • Dumping syndrome, or rapid gastric emptying, can occur. While generally not considered to be a serious risk to your health, the results can be extremely unpleasant and can include nausea, weakness, sweating, faintness, heart palpitations and, on occasion, diarrhea after eating

Watch this video to learn more about gastric bypass.

The gastric band, or LAP-BAND®, is a device placed around your stomach. During the procedure, the surgeon will also place a port under your skin near your ribs. The band can be adjusted through the port using saline. By adding saline, the band becomes tighter and helps you to feel full on smaller amounts of food.

The gastric band helps you feel satisfied sooner and with less food, but it will not eliminate the desire to eat. You will need to follow your specific diet and exercise guidelines provided by your surgeon to achieve success. Digestion occurs through the normal digestive process.

Your first gastric band adjustment usually takes place about four to six weeks after surgery, but varies from patient to patient.

Advantages of gastric band surgery

  • Reduces the amount of food the stomach can hold
  • Induces excess weight loss of approximately 40 – 50 percent
  • Requires no stapling, cutting of the stomach or rerouting of the intestines because it’s a minimally invasive procedure
  • Requires a shorter hospital stay, usually less than 24 hours, with some centers discharging the patient the same day as surgery
  • Is reversible and adjustable
  • Has the lowest rate of early postoperative complications and mortality among the approved bariatric procedures
  • Has the lowest risk for vitamin/mineral deficiencies

Disadvantages of gastric band surgery

  • Slower weight loss than other surgical procedures
  • Greater percentage of patients failing to lose at least 50 percent of excess body weight compared to the other common weight loss surgeries
  • Requires a foreign device to remain in the body
  • Can result in possible band slippage or band erosion into the stomach in a small percentage of patients
  • Can have mechanical problems with the band, tube or port in a small percentage of patients
  • Can result in dilation of the esophagus if the patient overeats
  • Requires strict adherence to the postoperative diet and to postoperative follow-up visits
  • Highest rate of re-operation

Watch this video to learn more about lap band surgery.

A sleeve gastrectomy—commonly known as a gastric sleeve—is a weight loss surgery that involves removing 75 to 80 percent of your stomach. Your surgeon will divide and staple the remaining portion of your stomach, which will be about the size of a banana. A gastric sleeve allows for normal absorption of foods and digestion.

Watch this video to learn more about sleeve gastrectomy.

A duodenal switch, or DS weight loss surgery, is considered the most powerful type of bariatric surgery. It involves removing part of the stomach and promoting weight loss through malabsorption.

Learn more about having a duodenal switch at St. Mark’s 

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For specific bariatric surgery package pricing, or for more information about our weight loss programs, please call us at (801) 212-5921.

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