Laparoscopic procedures are a safe, effective way to achieve long-lasting weight loss if you are 100 pounds or more overweight or have a body mass index of 40 or higher. Dr. Fernandez specializes in two types of bariatric procedures — laparoscopic gastric bypass and laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy.
The Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass—often called gastric bypass—is considered the ‘gold standard’ of weight loss surgery. It works by restricting food intake and by decreasing the absorption of food. In addition, absorption of food in the digestive tract is reduced by excluding most of the stomach, duodenum, and upper intestine from contact with food by routing food directly from the pouch into the small intestine. When performed laparoscopically, the procedure involves making five to six small incisions to reduce post-operative pain and speed recovery.
The Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy—often called the sleeve—is performed by removing approximately 80 percent of the stomach. The new stomach pouch holds a considerably smaller volume than the normal stomach and helps to significantly reduce the amount of food that can be consumed. Short term studies show that the sleeve is as effective as the roux-en-Y gastric bypass in terms of weight loss.
Dr. Fernandez is a highly experienced, board-certified general surgeon renowned in minimally invasive surgery and applying advanced robotic and laparoscopic techniques. Contact our office today at (256) 882-1908 to schedule a consultation.