(Adjustable gastric banding – AGB)
LAP-BAND® Surgery is a restrictive procedure in which an adjustable band is placed around the top of the stomach, creating a small pouch that holds only a little food. This procedure serves only to restrict food intake; it does not do anything to alter the digestive process. When the pouch is full, feelings of hunger go away and you are ready to stop eating even though you have had a small meal. Patients who have AGB lose less weight than those who have malabsorptive procedures. Weight loss depends on following a strict diet.
(Roux-en-Y gastric bypass – RYGB)
Gastric Bypass is mainly a restrictive operation but also includes some malabsorption. Food intake is limited by stapling the stomach to create a small pouch. Absorption is somewhat limited by cutting and reattaching the small intestine so that the upper third of the small intestine is bypassed and the remaining portion is joined to the pouch.
(Vertical sleeve gastrectomy – VSG)
Sleeve Gastrectomy reduces the size of the stomach, so it restricts food intake but doesn’t decrease absorption by the intestines. VSG has mainly been performed as the first part of BPD-DS. However, recent studies suggest that some patients who undergo VSG lose weight with that procedure alone.
At the Nicholson Clinic, we specialize in finding the right weight loss solution for each individual person. We do not believe in a one-size-fits-all approach, which is why Dr. Nick specializes in multiple bariatric procedures. He wants every patient to have the best chance at weight loss success, which he believes comes from being educated in all the options. Understanding all bariatric surgery options allows you to make the decision that is best for your individual needs. We encourage you to sign up for a consultation with Dr. Nick to ensure that all your questions are answered straight from the source.
The Nicholson Clinic offers the following weight loss surgery options. Click on a link below to learn more about each and help you begin to understand which, if any, bariatric surgery option is right for you. Laparoscopic Weight Loss Surgery differs from traditional surgery, so we help make your decision based on solid research and the best medical advice available. Your success and health depend on it!