Tuesday October 21, 2014
Increase in the Number of Weight Loss Surgeries
According to the American Society for Bariatric Surgery (ASBS), the number of weight loss surgeries performed in the United States increased from about 16,000 in 1992 to about 220,000 in 2008.

Weight Loss Surgery Videos

Lap-Band Surgery

The following video demonstrates the laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding procedure for obesity.

Play time: 3 min 18 sec

Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass

This animated video explains the normal digestive process, the changes to the digestive system with Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, and how the procedure works to assist with weight loss.

Play time: 2 min 56 sec

Sleeve Gastrectomy

Learn more about the Sleeve Gastrectomy procedure for weight loss in this animated patient educational video.

Play time: 3 min 00 sec

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Consumer Guide to WLS

Bariatric Surgeon

Choosing a Surgeon

When choosing a bariatric surgeon, rather than looking for one with the lowest cost, patients should focus on surgical expertise and level of care.

A bariatric surgeon should not only be skilled and experienced in bariatric surgery, but should offer an adequate level of support and care from start to finish that will assist patients in reaching their weight loss goals.

Lose Weight for Life

Weight loss surgery helps patients lose a significant amount of weight and gives them an opportunity to lead a healthier, longer, happier, and more active life.

  • Obesity is associated with over 300,000 deaths each year in the United States. Weight loss surgery shows an 89% reduction in five year mortality.