Surgical & Medical Weight-Loss Procedures
There are several obesity surgeries available to treat the morbidly obese. Grinnell Bariatrics offers the following operations because they have a proven track record of success and an acceptable level of risk.
Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass
The Roux-en-Y gastric bypass divides the stomach into two parts: an upper “pouch” and a lower, unused portion. The "pouch" is a small pocket that can only hold about one ounce of food or about 1/8 of a cup. The next part of the surgery is the bypass itself. A part of the intestine is brought up and connected to the pouch, thus “bypassing” the lower part of the stomach and a few feet of small intestine. Gastric Bypass is generally performed laparoscopically.
This operation removes the outer curve of the stomach, removing the storage portion along with the appetite center. It is a purely restrictive procedure, converting the stomach into a long narrow tube. It does not disrupt the usual intestinal continuity and does not require implants. This operation is done laparoscopically and robotically.
Gastric Bypass Revision
The science of medicine and surgery changes constantly as our understanding of applied treatments grows. Grinnell Bariatrics welcomes patients who've had previous operations for obesity who may need corrective revision due to complications or reduced effectiveness. The surgeons at Grinnell Bariatrics are known for their expertise and experience with these complicated cases and Grinnell Regional Medical Center is the only hospital in Iowa where such procedures are routinely performed.
Medical Weight Loss
Surgery is not always the best treatment for morbid obesity. Sometimes there are medical options that have not yet been explored. Grinnell Bariatrics and Grinnell Regional Medical Center offer a comprehensive medical weight-loss program under such circumstances that include disease management, behavioral therapy, nutritional education and fitness recommendations to help our patients make a speedy recovery.