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Department of Surgery
Bariatric Surgery


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What surgeries do you perform?

We helped develop the procedure today known as the Greenville Gastric Bypass. ECU Bariatric Surgery has an outstanding record of success with this procedure. This form of the gastric bypass is the most popular form of weight-loss surgery. It is considered the gold standard operation because of its long-term weight-loss results. Laparoscopic banding, or lap-band, uses an adjustable band around a part of the stomach for weight loss. The sleeve gastrectomy creates a small tube, or sleeve, from the stomach.

Gastric bypass

Your surgeon attaches your stomach to the small intestine after rerouting a section of it. The surgeon creates a small pouch from the stomach, reducing the amount of food it can hold. Staples are used to close the pouch. A section of the small intestine is rerouted and attached to the pouch with a very small opening (anastomosis). A gastric bypass may be performed traditionally through a large incision in the belly.

Laparoscopic gastric bypass

During this less invasive surgery, your surgeon will use long-handled instruments to operate outside the body cavity. A laparoscopic operation means a much shorter recovery time.

Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding

Known as lap-band surgery, this procedure also results in a smaller stomach. The surgeon places an adjustable silicone band around the stomach’s upper section to limit the amount of food you can eat. The smaller stomach takes more time to empty, allowing you to feel full longer. This procedure does not alter the small intestine. It is performed laparoscopically.

The vertical sleeve gastrectomy

Your surgeon will create a small tube, or sleeve, from your stomach by removing a large portion of it. The pouch is about the size of a banana which limits the amount of food you can eat. It is performed laparoscopically.