Bariatric Surgical Procedures

The  Comprehensive Bariatric Center at Princeton Baptist Medical Center provides three bariatric surgical approaches, usually performed as minimally invasive or laparascopic procedures. Each has its own benefits and risk, and results may not be the same for every patient.

  • Roux-en-Y Gastic Bypass (RYGB) restricts food intake and decreases the absorption of food. The creation of a small pouch that excludes most of the stomach and other parts of the digestive tract re-routes food directly into the small intestine.
  • Adjustable Gastric Band (AGB) works primarily by decreasing food intake. A small, bracelet-like band is placed around the top of the stomach to produce a small pouch about the size of a thumb.  A circular balloon inside the band can be inflated or deflated with saline solution to change the size of the opening and best meet the needs of the individual. Gastric banding can be achieved using either the Realize Band® or Lap Band®.
  • Gastric Sleeve (GS) may be the option for patients at high risk due to body weight (a BMI of 60 or greater) or medical conditions. With the GS procedure, the surgeon creates a small, sleeve-shaped stomach about the size of a banana. A GS procedure may be the first step in a two-part treatment, with a gastric bypass performed later.

To determine which procedure, if any, is best for you, our Board certified physicians will carefully evaluate your individual situation.