Bariatric surgery helps you lose weight by reducing your appetite, either through surgically reducing the capacity of your stomach or altering the signals from your stomach that make you feel hungry. The bariatric surgery program at Scripps Clinic offers multiple surgery options, including:
- Laparoscopic gastric bypass is widely accepted as the most effective weight loss surgery available and considered by many as the “gold standard” to treat severe obesity. The operation has evolved over the past five decades into a very safe and effective weight loss tool.
- Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy is another type of laparoscopic weight loss surgery performed with the goal of permanently reducing the size of the stomach, which reduces feelings of hunger and increases a sense of fullness.
- Laparoscopic gastric band, also known as a “lap-band,” is implanted via laparoscopic surgery. It is an adjustable silicone band that restricts the size of the stomach to limit the amount of food that can be consumed at one time.
- Laparoscopic vagal blocking (VBLOC) is a new, FDA-approved, laparoscopically implanted weight loss tool designed to control appetite without medications or traditional bariatric surgery. Currently, Scripps Clinic Center for Weight Management is the only medical center in San Diego offering VBLOC therapy.