Weight Loss Surgery in Jackson Hole
Bariatric surgery may help you lose a large amount of excess weight and
keep it off. Excess weight can cause medical conditions, including diabetes,
heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, sleep apnea, arthritis, and
certain cancers. Weight loss may improve or resolve many obesity-related
- St. John’s performs a variety of bariatric weight loss surgeries
- Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy
- Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass
- Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch
- Laparoscopic adjustable gastric band management and removal
Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy:
Sleeve gastrectomy is a restrictive procedure in which approximately 80
percent of the stomach is removed. The remaining stomach is a tubular
pouch that resembles a banana and holds a smaller volume of about 5-8
ounces and helps to significantly reduce the amount of food that can be
consumed. The surgery also effects gut hormones that impact hunger, satiety,
and blood sugar control.
Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass:
In this procedure, a small portion of your stomach, about ½ to 1
ounce, is separated from the remainder of the stomach. The volume of the
new stomach pouch is about equal to the size of a ping pong ball. The
pouch is then joined to the middle section of your small intestine. The
remainder of the stomach may be removed or stay in the body. The procedure
may be done “open” (larger incision) or laparoscopically (LGB
or laparoscopic gastric bypass with small slits allowing instruments to
Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch:
First, a smaller, tubular stomach pouch is created by removing a portion
of the stomach, very similar to the sleeve gastrectomy. Next, a large
portion of the small intestine is bypassed.
Laparoscopic adjustable gastric band management and removal:
An inflatable band is placed around the upper portion of the stomach, creating
a small pouch above the band and the restof the stomach below the band.
With the smaller stomach pouch, eating small amounts of food will satisfy
hunger and promote the feeling of fullness. The size of the stomach opening
can be adjusted by filling the band with sterile saline, which is injected
through a port placed under the skin.
to learn more about bariatric surgeries from the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.
Many health insurance plans, including Medicare and most Medicaid plans,
cover some bariatric procedures. The St. John's General Surgery office
can help with every step of the insurance process, including coverage,
preauthorization, and more.
If you are considering bariatric surgery, we hope to be a resource and
a partner with you to improve your health. Call St. John's Bariatric
307 739 7690 to schedule an appointment.