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Types of Weight Loss Procedures

Below you’ll find basic information to help you compare the weight loss surgery procedures offered at Chan Soon-Shiong Medical Center at Windber. For more detailed information about each procedure, click the corresponding buttons.

Quick Comparison

Gastric Bypass Surgery

  • Procedure: A small stomach pouch is created that bypasses the rest of the stomach and attaches directly to the small intestine.
  • Method: Limits the amount of food that can be eaten at one time, which helps you to feel fuller sooner, and reduces the amount of calories your body can absorb from food.
  • Weight loss: Rapid. Lose 60-80% of excess body weight within 12 to 18 months.
  • Surgery time: 1.5 hours
  • Hospital stay: Typically 1 day
  • Recovery time: About 2–4 weeks

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Gastric Sleeve Surgery

  • Procedure: Approximately 2/3 of your stomach is removed, creating a new tube-shaped stomach or “sleeve.”
  • Method: Limits the amount of food that can be eaten at one time, which helps you to feel fuller sooner.
  • Weight loss: Slower than gastric bypass. Lose 60-70% of excess body weight within 12 to 18 months.
  • Surgery time: About one hour
  • Hospital stay: Typically 1 day
  • Recovery time: 2–4 weeks.

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Adjustable Gastric Band

  • Procedure: A thin band is placed around the upper part of your stomach, forming a small pouch with an adjustable opening to the lower stomach.
  • Method: Limits the amount of food that can be eaten at one time, which helps you to feel fuller sooner.
  • Weight loss: Slow and gradual. Lose 40-50% of excess body weight in 24 or more months.
  • Surgery time: Less than one hour
  • Hospital stay: Typically discharged same day
  • Recovery time: About 10 days.

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Do you have questions about our weight loss procedures? Please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are ready to help you begin your weight loss journey today! Call 814-467-3653 or email windbersurgery@windbercare.org.