The surgeons at East Cooper Bariatric Surgery provide safe and effective surgical services for weight loss in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. We are dedicated to finding the weight loss solution that works best for each individual patient, which may be a surgical weight loss surgery procedure.

Bariatric surgical procedures cause weight loss by restricting the amount of food the stomach can hold, causing malabsorption of nutrients, or by a combination of both gastric restriction and malabsorption. Bariatric procedures also often cause hormonal changes. Most weight loss surgeries today are performed using minimally invasive techniques (laparoscopic surgery).

The most common bariatric surgery procedures are gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, adjustable gastric band, and biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch. Each surgery has its own advantages and disadvantages.
  • Sleeve Gastrectomy – Also called “the sleeve,” this procedure is performed by removing approximately 80% of the stomach so that it holds a smaller volume of food, limiting the number of calories that can be consumed.
  • Gastric Bypass – This procedure consists of creating a small stomach pouch, dividing the first portion of the small intestine, and attaching the bottom end of the divided small intestine to the newly created small pouch. The top portion of the divided small intestine is then attached to the small intestine further down, so that stomach acids and digestive enzymes from the bypassed stomach and first portion of the small intestine eventually mix with food that is consumed.
  • Adjustable Gastric Band – Also called “the band,” this procedure involves an inflatable band that is placed around the upper portion of the stomach, creating a small stomach pouch above the band and promoting a feeling of fullness with less food.
  • Revisional Surgery – Revisional weight loss surgery is performed for patients who have previously undergone bariatric surgery and either experienced complications or did not achieve significant weight loss from the initial surgery.
  • TIF Procedure – Transoral incisionless fundoplication is an endoscopic procedure that repairs and recreates the lower esophageal valve to provide relief from heartburn and acid reflux symptoms associated with GERD.
  • Manometry Testing – This outpatient procedure for patients suffering from heartburn and acid reflux symptoms measures the strength and muscle coordination of the esophagus during swallowing to determine whether it is functioning properly.
  • PH Testing – This test is used to diagnose and properly treat GERD. A capsule is attached to the esophagus and transmits pH readings to a pager-sized transmitter that the patient wears at their waist, and the patient is also asked to write down any times that they experience acid reflux symptoms. A doctor then uses this data to make a diagnosis and recommend treatment, and the capsule will naturally fall off of the esophagus wall after a few days.
If you are considering weight loss surgery or want to learn more about this medical weight loss option, contact us today. Call East Cooper Bariatric Surgery at 843-732-0995 to schedule an appointment at our practice or to schedule a telehealth consultation.

(Content source: American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery)