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June 18, 2013

Bariatric surgery offers several options for weight loss

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One option beyond the lap band is called vertical-sleeve gastrectomy. It generates rapid weight loss by dramatically reducing the size of the stomach and restricting the intake of calories. The stomach continues to function, so most foods can be consumed but in smaller amounts.

The Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass procedure has become the most common and successful procedure in the nation. With this technique, part of the small intestine is used to bypass the stomach and parts of the intestine to restrict absorption of calories and nutrients.

Finally, the duodenal switch restricts the amount of food that can be eaten while reducing the amount of food that is absorbed into the body. The procedure is especially beneficial for patients with an extremely high body-mass index, which measures fat content in the body.

“Our patients continue to do great,” Hill said. “They’re seeing lifelong advantages through weight loss.”

The program completed around 300 procedures in 2012, and doctors have performed more than 2,000 procedures since the program began in 2000.

Email Jeff Meyers:jmeyers@pressrepublican.com

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TO LEARN MORE

For more information on weight-loss surgery and the Adirondack Medical Center's Bariatric Program, visit the hospital's website at www.amccares.org, email the program at bariatrics@amccares.org, or call 897-2531.

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