Everyone experiences weight gain and weight-loss in their own personal and unique way. Some gain weight gradually throughout life while others yo-yo up and down the scale; one might lose weight easily but have trouble keeping it off, while another might find it nearly impossible to get rid of those first 10 pounds.

The bariatric surgeons and weight loss professionals at Michigan Bariatric Institute at St. Mary Mercy Livonia appreciate the differences that make all their patients so unique. This is why we dedicate our practice to providing the four top bariatric surgery procedures available today. These four procedures have been effective for dramatic weight-loss results for many of our patients.

At Michigan Bariatric Institute at St. Mary Mercy Livonia, we specialize in minimally invasive laparoscopic techniques. Minimally invasive procedures like laparoscopic bariatric surgery minimize scarring and reduce recovery time.

Sometimes called "band aid surgery" or "keyhole surgery," laparoscopy is a way of doing surgery that does not require a large incision. Instead, the surgeon inserts a thin tube through a small cut — usually no more than a half inch long — then passes a tiny camera through the tube into the abdomen. The surgeon may make additional incisions if he needs to use other instruments to perform the bariatric procedure.

Please continue reading to learn more information about each of the four bariatric surgeries we perform at Michigan Bariatric Insitute here at St. Mary Mercy Livonia.

Types of Procedures

Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass

Laparoscopic gastric bypass is the gold standard of weight loss surgery and is the most frequently prescribed and performed bariatric procedure in the United States. During this procedure, your surgeon creates a small, 1-ounce "stomach pouch" from the uppermost portion of your stomach.

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Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy

The sleeve gastrectomy procedure is a relatively new surgical approach to achieving permanent weight loss. In this procedure, the doctor removes approximately 75 percent of the stomach. He leaves only a 2-3 ounce stomach; instead of having a full, crescent shape, the stomach now resembles a narrow tube.

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Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding (Lap-Band)

Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding, commonly known as "Lap Band," is an increasingly popular option in weight loss surgery. Europeans have used the Lap Band technique to lose weight for years and now more people in the United States are choosing this option.

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Laparoscopic Duodenal Switch

Laparoscopic Duodenal switch (DS) or gastric reduction duodenal switch (GRDS), is a weight loss surgery procedure that involes removing approximately 70% of the stomach along the greater curvature.

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