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What is minimally invasive bariatric surgery?

Minimally invasive bariatric surgery is surgery that does not require the abdominal cavity to be open. Examples of this type of bariatric surgery are the lap band which is done as an outpatient and band adjustments are made easily in the office. The lap band requires "fills" as the stomach adjusts to what you eat.

The gastric sleeve is a second example of this minimally invasive procedure. It is also done as an outpatient and restricts the stomach. The gastric sleeve does not change digestion.

At present, both procedures are covered by Medicare.

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