Bariatric Surgery

If obesity is taking a toll on your health, bariatric surgery or a non-surgical procedure can make all the difference. Fortunately, you don’t have to go far to find specialized care to achieve your goals. The bariatric professionals at Saline Memorial’s Weight Loss Center can help you enjoy life with less pain, more energy and a more positive outlook.

But the benefits don’t stop there! Losing excess weight could lessen your dependence on some medications and improve or eliminate diabetes. Achieving a healthy weight is also linked to a decreased risk of cancer, heart attacks and even Alzheimer’s.



In this 15-minute procedure, a balloon is inserted into the stomach and filled with saline solution. That’s it! Patients feel fuller with less food, which helps control portion sizes for proven weight loss. The balloon is in place for six months, and patients receive coaching during and after that time. Saline Memorial is one of the first hospitals in the country to offer this procedure.


The LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding System is a simple yet advanced gastric banding system that helps you gradually lose and control your weight by controlling your hunger, allowing you to control your food intake and supporting long term, sustainable weight loss. A silicone band is placed around the upper part of your stomach, like a belt, to create a new smaller stomach pouch. As a result, patients are satisfied with smaller amounts of food.


A gastric sleeve (also known as sleeve gastrectomy, or simply ‘the sleeve’) decreases the size of the stomach, limiting the amount of food that can be eaten at one time. During this procedure, a thin, long tube of stomach is created using a stapling device, and the rest of the stomach is removed. The sleeve is shaped like a banana. This procedure limits (restricts) the amount of food you can eat and helps you feel full sooner. It allows for normal digestion and absorption. Food consumed passes through the digestive tract in the usual manner, allowing it to be normally absorbed in the body.


Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) provides a combination of restriction and malabsorption to cause weight loss. A small (15-30cc) gastric pouch is created to restrict food intake and the lower part of the small intestine is rerouted to empty this pouch and bypass the stomach and first part of the small intestine. The procedure is usually performed laparoscopically using minimally invasive surgical techniques. The gastric bypass has a more rapid initial weight loss, requires fewer follow up visits and does not require adjustments.

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