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Bariatric Surgeries

Weight Loss Surgery in Jackson Hole

Bariatric surgery may help you lose a large amount of excess weight and keep it off. Excess weight can cause medical conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, sleep apnea, arthritis, and certain cancers. Weight loss may improve or resolve many obesity-related conditions.

St. John’s performs a variety of bariatric weight loss surgeries including:

  • Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy
  • Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass
  • Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch
  • Laparoscopic adjustable gastric band management and removal

Laparoscopic Sleeve GastrectomyGastrointestinal track graphic

Sleeve gastrectomy is a restrictive procedure in which approximately 80 percent of the stomach is removed. The remaining stomach is a tubular pouch that resembles a banana and holds a smaller volume of about 5-8 ounces and helps to significantly reduce the amount of food that can be consumed. The surgery also effects gut hormones that impact hunger, satiety, and blood sugar control.

Roux-en-Y Gastric BypassBypass graphic

In this procedure, a small portion of your stomach, about ½ to 1 ounce, is separated from the remainder of the stomach. The volume of the new stomach pouch is about equal to the size of a ping pong ball. The pouch is then joined to the middle section of your small intestine. The remainder of the stomach may be removed or stay in the body. The procedure may be done “open” (larger incision) or laparoscopically (LGB or laparoscopic gastric bypass with small slits allowing instruments to be inserted).Biliopancreatic graphic

Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch

First, a smaller, tubular stomach pouch is created by removing a portion of the stomach, very similar to the sleeve gastrectomy. Next, a large portion of the small intestine is bypassed.

Laparoscopic adjustable gastric band management and removal

An inflatable band is placed around the upper portion of the stomach, creating a small pouch aboveLaparoscopic gastric band graphic the band and the rest of the stomach below the band. With the smaller stomach pouch, eating small amounts of food will satisfy hunger and promote the feeling of fullness. The size of the stomach opening can be adjusted by filling the band with sterile saline, which is injected through a port placed under the skin.

Click to learn more about bariatric surgeries from the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

Many health insurance plans, including Medicare and most Medicaid plans, cover some bariatric procedures. The St. John's General Surgery office can help with every step of the insurance process, including coverage, preauthorization, and more.

If you are considering bariatric surgery, we hope to be a resource and a partner with you to improve your health. Call St. John's Bariatric Surgery at 307.739.7690 to schedule an appointment.