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Surgical Weight Loss Options

Bariatric surgery is gastrointestinal surgery for obesity that alters the digestive process in order to achieve rapid and sustained weight loss. Your choices for obesity surgery in the Bay Area include restrictive procedures and combined restrictive/malabsorptive procedures.

Restrictive procedures, such as vertical gastrectomy and LAP-BAND®, restrict the intake of food by narrowing the passage from the upper portion of the stomach into the larger, lower portion. This limits the quantity of food that the stomach can hold, and causes the food to move more slowly through the stomach.

Combined restrictive/malabsorptive procedures, use some form of stomach restriction combined with a partial bypass of the small intestine. This shortening of the digestive tract results in fewer calories absorbed from the food you eat.

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Benefits of Laparoscopic Surgery for Obesity in San Francisco

At Pacific Laparoscopy, all of our initial weight loss surgeries (as opposed to revisions), are performed laparoscopically. Laparoscopy involves using very small incisions through which thin surgical instruments can be guided with the assistance of a tiny camera. This eliminates the need for large incisions and the greater potential for tissue trauma. There is typically less blood loss, shorter hospitalization time, and a quicker, less complicated recovery.


To learn more about duodenal switch or weight loss surgery for Oakland and San Francisco, click here to request a consultation with Dr. John Rabkin at Pacific Laparoscopy. Or you can call our office at 415-668-3200 to schedule your appointment.

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