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The Newest Weight Loss Surgeries Available

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By Jeremy Korman

Posted on December 27th, 2011 in Weight Loss

Marina Weight Loss of Marina Del Rey Hospital in greater Los Angeles is at the forefront of innovation in weight loss surgery. We offer several of the latest effective surgical procedures for our patients so they can achieve weight loss success with the method that is the most suitable for them.

Gastric Sleeve

The bariatric procedure called sleeve gastrectomy surgery, or "gastric sleeve," involves the surgeon cutting away part of the stomach.

The remaining portion, about the size of a small banana, cannot hold much food.

The result: patients are full faster, consume fewer calories, and lose weight.

Sometimes used as the first step in a two-stage surgical solution, followed by gastric bypass surgery, gastric sleeve surgery is also an effective option when used by itself.


While the laparoscopic adjustable gastric band, commonly known as the Lap-Band, has been around for a while, its popularity has seen a recent surge. It is now on a level with gastric bypass, the most popular weight-loss operation in America.

Lap-band surgery consists of implanting an inflatable band around the upper stomach, along with a fill port that is located just beneath the skin. Once in place, the band is adjusted by the doctor, who injects saline into the port to fill the band. This creates a virtual pouch that is much smaller than the stomach as a whole but leaves the patient’s anatomy entirely intact.

All of these operations are performed laparoscopically. This means the doctor uses instruments inserted into small incisions in the abdomen, allowing for quicker recovery time and reducing the risks of possible complications.

Revision Surgeries

For patients whose weight loss results after surgery were not as they had hoped, or for patients who regain significant weight, revision surgery may be an option. Although these cases are not common, the doctor can provide you with several alternatives. For some gastric bypass patients whose surgery is no longer producing results, success has been seen with the lap-band — a procedure called "band-over-bypass."

For others, ROSE surgery is an attractive option. In ROSE — short for Restorative Obesity Surgery, Endolumenal — the doctor guides his surgical implements down the esophagus and into the stomach, where he gathers folds of the stomach and sutures them. This limits the stomach's capacity. ("Endolumenal" means "through the esophagus.")

If you are interested in learning more about any of the newest weight-loss surgeries available, schedule an appointment with Dr. Korman and see if you qualify.