Which Bariatric Surgery is Right for You

March 28, 2014

Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center’s award-winning Bariatric Wellness Center offers minimally invasive procedures including Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and LAP-BAND®.

According to Philippe J.Quilici, M.D., director of the center, gastric bypass is considered the gold standard.

“It’s among the best procedures if you have diabetes and are morbidly obese,” he explains. “Statistically, there’s an 85 percent to 90 percent incidence of eradicating type 2 diabetes with gastric bypass compared to 47 percent with LAP-BAND.”

Dr.Quilici says gastric bypass has a high success rate for longterm weight loss as well as faster initial results.

However, gastric bypass is only recommended for people with a body mass index (BMI) of 35 or higher. An advantage of the LAP-BAND procedure is that it can be performed on people with a BMI of 30 to 35 if they have a co-morbid condition such as diabetes. The Food & Drug Administration recently lowered the BMI requirement for LAPBAND, while it remains 35 and up for other procedures.

LAP-BAND can be performed on an outpatient basis and the Bariatric Wellness Center offers competitive pricing, in addition to support for the lifestyle changes necessary to maintain weight loss.