Weight Loss Surgery
The surgeons at Norwalk Hospital’s Nationally Accredited Center for Surgical Weight Loss, perform advanced procedures to promote weight loss and the return to good health. Our surgeons are skilled in laparoscopic procedures and specialize in the use of sophisticated technology, including the robotic da Vinci Surgical System, and innovative techniques, such as single-incision laparoscopic surgery. Available to you 365 days a year, our comprehensive Weight Loss Surgery program provides a full range of services & supports you in your weight loss journey. Our mission is to help you succeed once & for all.
We offer several types of bariatric (weight loss) surgery. Together you and your surgeon will decide what procedure is best for you.Your first step should be to attend one of our free informational seminars to learn all about what we can do for you.
Weight loss surgery procedures available at Norwalk Hospital include:
Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding
An adjustable silicone band (Realize Band™ or LAP-BAND® system) is placed laparoscopically around the top portion of the stomach. This results in weight loss because of the restriction it creates in the amount of food the patient can eat and the decrease in hunger that the patient senses. Unlike other procedures, gastric banding does not require any cutting or removal of any part of the digestive system and is a reversible procedure.
Single Incision Gastric Banding
This is the same as the Laparoscopic Gastric Band but this is done through a single small incision near the belly button.
Laparoscopic Gastric Sleeve
This operation reduces the size of the stomach to the size of a small banana. The majority of the stomach is removed, resulting in patients having less hunger and feeling the sensation of fullness after eating less food. The food that is consumed passes through the digestive tract in the usual order, which allows the reduced amount of food to be fully absorbed in the body.
Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass
This surgery includes decreasing the size of the stomach and partially bypassing the small intestine to limit the amount of calorie intake. The lap gastric bypass is highly effective because patients not only eat less and feel full quickly, but they also do not fully absorb the food they eat.
Revisional Bariatric Surgery
There are some circumstances where patients regain weight or do not lose the expected amount of excess weight. Various factors can cause this situation. Our surgeons perform a thorough analysis including a study of the previous surgery and all factors that entered into its ultimate result. A follow-up bariatric procedure referred to as a bariatric surgery revision, may be required to alter or repair the initial bariatric surgery.
Robotic Bariatric Surgery
This is similar to laparoscopic surgery since it is performed through incisions significantly smaller than those required by traditional surgery. The small precise movements that are possible with the robot allow it to have some advantages over other techniques. We are currently offering the da Vinci robot for our bariatric surgeries.