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Bariatric Surgery

At Jackson Hospital, our Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence is designed to provide outstanding care to all of our patients. Our dedicated and specialized surgeons, nurses, and support staff are committed to helping our patients achieve their weight loss goals through bariatric surgery. We’re leading the way by offering the latest minimally invasive weight loss surgery options.

About Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric surgery involves restricting how much food the stomach can hold, promoting healthy weight loss. Many of the most commonly performed weight loss surgeries are done laparoscopically. This speeds up recovery time and lessens the likelihood of post-surgical infections.

The most commonly performed bariatric surgery is gastric bypass surgery, which involves rerouting the intestines and stapling off part of the stomach to form a small stomach pouch. Food then bypasses the stomach, enters the pouch, and empties into the small intestine.

Gastric bypass surgery isn’t for everyone. Some morbidly obese patients may not qualify for the surgery until they lose a certain amount of weight. Other patients may not need something as radical as gastric bypass to facilitate their weight loss.

There is an alternative: laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy. During this procedure, the surgeon removes approximately 85 percent of the stomach, decreasing greatly the number of appetite-stimulating hormones. The remaining portion of the stomach is then shaped into a “sleeve” or “tube,” which restricts food intake.

At Jackson Hospital’s Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence, we believe laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy has many advantages, including:

  • The preservation of the function of the stomach

  • Better absorption of vitamins and minerals

  • Decreases hunger

  • Minimizes the chance of developing ulcers

  • Fewer office visits (no Lap Band to repeatedly adjust)

Our bariatric surgeons also perform the gastric band, which is commonly referred to as the “lap band”. The gastric band is a silicone band wrapped around the upper part of the stomach, restricting food intake. The band creates a smaller exit out of the stomach and intestines, which allows you to recognize fullness sooner and results in weight loss. The band is considered the least invasive bariatric surgery available, as the stomach and intestines are not cut or reformed in any way.


These are just some of the reasons why our surgeons recommend and perform laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy on patients who qualify.

Excellence in Technology

Jackson Hospital’s Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence is a leader in surgery techniques and technology. We utilize the latest technology to perform our bariatric surgeries: the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System.

The da Vinci Surgical System is the most advanced minimally invasive operative platform in the world, and our surgeons are the most adept, experienced, and skilled with this technology in the region. da Vinci bariatric surgery offers many benefits for patients, including:

  • A substantially lower rate of gastrointestinal leaks

  • A lower risk of needing follow-up surgery

  • A lower risk of converting to open surgery

Other potential benefits of robotic surgery include a lower risk of complications and infections and a shorter hospital stay.

Our Team: Dedicated to Quality Care

The surgeons at Jackson Hospital’s Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence are highly trained and dedicated. They believe in the highest quality outcomes for all patients. Our skilled support staff work closely with our bariatric surgical patients to help them make permanent choices that lead a healthier lifestyle. At Jackson Hospital’s Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence, we believe that together, we can ease your burden.

If you are considering a bariatric procedure and you’d like to learn more, contact us for a consultation. For more information on bariatric surgery or laparoscopic surgery, visit the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery website here.