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Bariatric surgery procedures

The Hospital of Central Connecticut offers a variety of bariatric surgery procedures; all are performed using less-invasive, laparoscopic techniques. Your doctor will help you determine which procedure best meets your needs.

Roux-en-Y gastric bypass

Part of the stomach is stapled, leaving a small pouch that holds much less food. In addition, the first and part of the second segment of the small intestine is bypassed, reducing the amount of area in which foods can be digested (this variably diminishes food and fat absorption).

View gastric bypass FAQs.

Gastric banding

A band is placed around the upper part of the stomach to create a small pouch (vs. using staples to separate the pouch from the rest of the stomach as in Roux-en-Y). The band also allows for a narrowed opening between the small pouch and the rest of the stomach, controlling how quickly food passes from the pouch to the lower part of the stomach. The surgeon can adjust the size of the opening depending on the patient's needs.

Our surgeons use the Lap-Band® and Realize™ Adjustable Gastric Band. Both offer support to patients before and after surgery, including goal-setting, meal planning, nutrition counseling and a host of on-line tools designed to promote enduring weight-loss success.

View gastric banding FAQs.

Single-incision gastric banding

The Hospital of Central Connecticut was the first hospital in Greater Hartford to offer minimally invasive weight-loss gastric-banding surgery that uses only one small incision. This technique offers patients reduced post-operative pain and less scarring. Bariatric surgeons make a single one-inch incision in the belly button, vs. several small incisions throughout the upper abdomen for laparoscopic adjustable gastric band surgery.

Learn more about single-incision gastric banding.

Sleeve gastrectomy

Used as an alternative to gastric banding for certain patients, in this procedure the stomach is divided vertically, and more than 85 percent of it is removed. The nerves to the stomach and the outlet valve (pylorus) remain intact to preserve stomach function while drastically reducing the amount of food it can hold.

Two main differences between sleeve gastrectomy and Roux-en-Y gastric bypass: With gastric bypass the stomach is divided, not removed and part of the small intestine is bypassed. With gastric sleeve the stomach is divided and removed but there is no bypass of the small intestine.

View gastric sleeve FAQs.