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Research has shown that Bariatric Surgery (also called Weight Loss Surgery or Obesity Surgery) is the BEST method for permanent weight loss. Studies have shown that a permanent loss of excess weight, can lead to a reduction or even elimination of many serious health problems, including diabetes, hypertension and obstructive sleep apnea.
The University of Vermont Medical Center Bariatric Surgery Program offers a unique team approach to weight loss. Our program focuses on the whole person, through an intensive pre-operative period, and beyond. Our surgeons, dietitians, physician assistant, psychologist, and nurses work with you to insure a successful outcome. Take a look at our video recipe series to familiarize yourself with different eating phases.
If you have tried and failed at weight loss in the past and you are in the "obese" weight range, bariatric surgery may be an option for you. Calculate your BMI (Body Mass Index) to see if you qualify. The UVM Medical Center follows guidelines set by the National Institutes of Health. Your BMI must be above 40 (or above 35 if you have serious health problems due to your weight such as diabetes, hypertension, or sleep apnea) to qualify for Bariatric Surgery.
Bariatric Surgery Options at The UVM Medical Center
Our bariatric surgery program offers both Primary and Revision surgeries:
Primary Bariatric Surgery
- Gastric Sleeve or Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy, also known as Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy, removes a portion of the stomach that produces ghrelin, the hormone that stimulates hunger. The smaller stomach size reduces food intake and decreases calorie consumption.
- Gastric Bypass Surgery, also known as Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, slows the absorption of food and decreases calorie intake by creating a small stomach pouch and a "bypass" of the small intestine.
- Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy with Duodenal Switch combines both the sleeve and bypass surgeries to produce the largest amount of weight loss (up to 85% Excess Body Weight) as well as reducing or eliminating diabetes. This surgery provides the most durable weight loss and best protection against weight regain and is especially good for the patient who has a great deal of weight to lose.
- Gastric Banding or Lap Band® Surgery involves placing a silicone ring around the upper part of the stomach. The balloon inside the ring is inflated to create a small pouch to make the patient feel fuller sooner.
Revision Bariatric Surgery
Sometimes patients require a revision to their original bariatric surgery. Revision surgery options include:
- Revisions of Gastric Bands to Sleeve, Bypass or Duodenal Switch may be needed if weight loss was inadequate or due to intolerance or complications from the Band. This is done in one or two stages and restores/induces weight loss.
- Re-stapling of Gastric Sleeve may be necessary if the sleeve has stretched. This further reduces the size of the stomach and thereby restores weight loss.
- Second Stage Duodenal Switch may occur after a primary Gastric Sleeve surgery that did not produce adequate weight loss. In this revision, the small bowel portion of the surgery is completed.
- Revisions or reversals of Gastric Bypass or Vertical Banded Gastroplasty (VBG) may be needed due to inadequate weight loss, weight regain, or complications such as; severe GERD, marginal ulcers, staple line disruption, recurrent bleeding, perforation or obstruction, or gastro gastric fistula.
Learn more about all of The UVM Medical Center's comprehensive surgical services.
The UVM Medical Center is accredited through the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MSSAQIP) in a joint effort with the ACS.
The University of Vermont Medical Center is designated as a Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont, an independent licensee of Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.
Important: Am I Eligible for Bariatric Surgery?
Thanks for your interest in the Bariatric Surgery Program! Please note that there are number of requirements that affect eligibility for surgery. Those requirements include, but are not limited to:
- Participants must be at least 18 or older.
- Participants must have a BMI (Body Mass Index) of 40 or higher, or 35 or higher with co-morbidities (Hypertension, Diabetes, Sleep Apnea, etc).
- Participants with active cancer are not eligible. Participants can become eligible once they are at least 2 years out of cancer treatment.
- Participants with substance use disorder are not eligible. Participants can become eligible once they are at least 2 years out of treatment.
- Participants must be at least 30 days tobacco-free before applying for the program.
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The Division of Bariatric and Weight Loss Surgery at The University of Vermont Medical Center is staffed with surgeons who also teach and conduct research at the University of Vermont. The UVM Medical Center offers a setting that combines education, training and the latest advancements in technology. This allows our providers to educate others and conduct vital research, which fuels better care for our patients.
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