Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center
Types of weight loss surgery
The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston, South Carolina offers two different procedures to veterans: The Roux-En-Y Gastric Bypass and the Sleeve Gastrectomy. Depending on your medical history, the surgeon may recommend one procedure over another. Regardless, either procedure is simply a TOOL to help you in your weight loss journey. It is possible to regain some or all of your weight if diet and lifestyle are not changed.
Roux-En-Y Gastric Bypass - The most common type of weight loss surgery is the Roux-En-Y Gastric Bypass. This type of surgery reduces the size of the stomach and also changes the body's ability to absorb calories and nutrients from food. The surgeon makes the working part of the stomach much smaller, and creates a "reroute" so food will not come in contact with the upper part of the small intestine. You MUST change your lifestyle for this procedure to work as it's intended.
Sleeve Gastrectomy - This type of surgery restricts the amount of food you can eat by removing a large portion of the stomach and creating a "sleeve." Your small intestine remains intact after this surgery. You will feel full much sooner and eat less than before. You MUST change your lifestyle for this procedure to work as it's intended.
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