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Bariatric Surgical Approaches

Our Surgical Approaches

There are two different types of weight loss surgery: sleeve gastrectomy and gastric bypass. The staff at Jefferson Torresdale Hospital's Comprehensive Center for Weight Loss Surgery works with you to decide the best approach for your needs. 

Our surgeons offer laparoscopic operations for surgical weight loss. All operations are safely performed using small incisions so patients experience faster recovery, less discomfort, and minimal scarring. A short hospital stay is required for the sleeve gastrectomy and bypass. Our clinical team will help you select the procedure that is most beneficial for you. 

  • Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy - Surgeons remove the greater curvature of the stomach in the sleeve gastrectomy, thus greatly decreasing the size of the stomach and limiting the amount of food the patient can eat. Stomach hormone secretion is altered leading to an improved sense of satiety and greater weight loss.
  • Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass - The Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass achieves weight loss through decreasing the amount of food the patient can eat as well as through a component of malabsorption of nutrients. Vitamin supplementation is required after the operation.

Post-operatively, all patients enjoy close, personal follow-up with their surgeons and other members of the weight loss team.  Regardless of which operation you choose, the vast majority of patients enjoy significant weight loss in the immediate months after surgery, and typically achieve their new weight in the first 12 to 18 months after the operation.

Want to Learn More?

Contact the Comprehensive Center for Weight Loss Surgery at 215-612-5001 to make an appointment for a consultation. Support groups are also available for pre- and post-operative patients that provide the encouragement and information for those dealing with obesity.

Schedules are available online for our support groups, please call 215-612-4136 for more information. A Frequently Asked Questions page is also available to answer some of the questions you might have right now.