Weight loss surgery: Gastric bypass & lap band procedures

Recently celebrating its ten year anniversary, Cone Health’s Bariatrics and Wellness Services continues to offer Adjustable Gastric Banding (Lap Band) and Gastric Bypass Roux-en-Y procedures as options for bariatric surgery candidates throughout the community.

Both operations are performed using minimally invasive techniques, which involve less pain, faster recovery and improved cosmetic outcomes.

In the Gastric Bypass Roux-en-Y procedure, a one-ounce capacity upper stomach pouch is created.

This primarily restrictive procedure limits the food intake, also rendering a one meter segment of small intestine ineffective in absorbing calories. Patients will be required to eat five to six small meals a day and take proper vitamin supplements.

Gastric Bypass surgery often results in quicker weight loss than the Lap Band procedure.

It also causes changes in the body’s gut hormones, which has been proven to be extremely beneficial for type 2 diabetic patients—making fairly prompt, helpful changes in managing their condition.

Adjustable Gastric Banding (Lap Band) procedure involves the placement of a silicone elastomer band around the upper part of the stomach to create a small pouch, which can hold only a small amount of food.

Adjustable Gastric Banding centers around portion control. It focuses on getting patients to a zone in which they can eat less and not feel as hungry, causing them to lose weight without feeling deprived.

While the weight loss may take a longer period of time with this procedure, it is less risky and generally has a quicker recovery period.

Spokesperson Background:
Dr. Eric Wilson is a board certified general surgeon at Central Carolina Surgery and a member of Cone Health’s Bariatric and Wellness Services team.  Dr. Wilson is a member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.  He is a 2004 graduate of Medical University of South Carolina and completed his residency in general surgery at the university as well.


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