Bariatric Surgery

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Bariatric Surgery at Winchester Hospital

Sometimes, surgery can be a helpful weight management tool. As part of our Comprehensive Weight Management Program at Winchester Hospital, we offer bariatric surgery as a weight loss option. Using these minimally invasive and robotic-assisted procedures can produce great results.

Types of Bariatric Surgery We Offer 

At Winchester Hospital, we offer a comprehensive Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). We use highly personalized procedures based on your individual needs. These include:

Gastric Bypass

During gastric bypass surgery, a surgeon creates a small pouch at the top of your stomach. Next, the small intestine is cut into two sections. The lower section is attached to an opening in the stomach pouch. This “bypasses” the larger portion of the stomach.

Because your stomach is now smaller, you feel full more quickly and eat fewer calories. This leads to weight loss.

Sleeve Gastrectomy or Gastric Sleeve

Sleeve gastrectomy removes part of the stomach that produces a hormone called ghrelin. This hormone stimulates appetite and increases food intake. By removing this portion of the stomach, your appetite is significantly reduced. The new stomach pouch holds only small amounts of food, so you feel full more quickly.

Duodenal Switch

The duodenal switch is a two-part procedure.

During Part 1, a surgeon performs a gastric sleeve procedure. For some people, this is all that’s needed to help with weight management.

If needed, Part 2 involves a bypass duodenal switch. During this procedure, a surgeon redirects food to the lower part of your small intestine. This limits the number of calories you absorb from food.

Part 2 often is recommended after Part 1 if you have poorly controlled diabetes or a body mass index (BMI) over 50. 

Revisional Surgery

Revisional surgery can help correct bariatric surgery you had in the past. Whether you have trouble managing your weight after surgery or face a complication, revisional surgery can help.

Post-Surgery Care

After surgery, we follow up regularly to make sure your surgery is a success.

We also work with our Medical Weight Management team to provide nutritional supplements that support your health. After weight loss surgery, your body may not absorb enough of certain vitamins and minerals. You may need to take vitamins and other supplements for the rest of your life to prevent nutrient deficiencies. The types and amounts of supplements vary depending on the bariatric surgery procedure performed.

Is Bariatric Surgery Right for Me?

Bariatric surgery is a treatment option for people with obesity who struggle to manage their weight. You may qualify for bariatric surgery if any of these apply to you:

  • A body mass index (BMI) of 40 or greater
  • A BMI of 35 or greater, and one or more conditions related to obesity, such as diabetes, sleep apnea, high blood pressure or high cholesterol
  • Prior weight loss surgery that may require revision
  • Regained weight after weight loss surgery

Insurance Coverage for Bariatric Surgery

Before starting your bariatric care journey at Winchester Hospital, it's important to talk to your insurance company. All insurance plans cover bariatric surgery differently.

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