Weight Loss Surgery Options

Four types of weight loss procedures are performed at NYU Langone: gastric sleeve, LAP-BAND®, gastric balloon, and gastric bypass.

Gastric sleeve, LAP-BAND®, and gastric bypass are performed using laparoscopic techniques. This involves the use of long, slender instruments that are inserted through several small abdominal incisions. Because the incisions are small, patients typically recover faster from this type of procedure compared with those who’ve had traditional surgery, in which the doctor makes a larger incision.

The gastric balloon is placed during an endoscopic procedure. The doctor uses small tools and an endoscopic camera to guide the balloon through the mouth and down the esophagus.

There is no one method that is best for everyone. Each type of surgery has its own advantages and disadvantages. Several factors determine which procedure is best for you, including your body mass index, any medical conditions you may have, and your eating habits.

Patient Meg’s Weight Loss Surgery Before and After

NYU Langone Weight Management Program Patient Before and After Surgery. Weight loss surgery patient Meg before her gastric lapband surgery in 2014 and after. “Making the decision to go ahead with weight loss surgery can be difficult to do,” says Meg. “It's one of the best choices I've ever made and I will be eternally grateful for Dr. Ren's ongoing care.”

If you’re deciding whether to have bariatric, or weight loss, surgery, you must balance the risks with the rewards of losing a large amount of weight. It’s very important to discuss the risks and benefits of each type of surgery with your surgeon and your family.

Weight Management Program Patient Before and After

With surgery, this patient went from 364.75 pounds down to 194 (plus or minus 3 pounds).

Learn more about surgery for obesity at NYU Langone.