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What are multi-step weight loss operations?

Patients whose body shape makes their surgery more technically difficult may benefit from a two-stage, laparoscopic procedure. In such cases, we perform a multi-step operation, such as a gastric bypass or duodenal switch, in two simpler and safer operations.

The first stage consists of a sleeve gastrectomy, in which the left side of the stomach is surgically removed to substantially reduce its size, enabling the patient to lose 80-100 pounds or more. This makes the second-stage operation, which is usually performed 8-12 months later, substantially safer.

In the second stage, the "sleeve" stomach is converted into a formal gastric bypass or duodenal switch, which allows additional weight loss, and provides a more permanent result than sleeve gastrectomy alone. Both stages are performed laparoscopically.

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