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The LAP-BAND® is a restrictive procedure where an adjustable band is placed around the upper part of the stomach, creating a small pouch and restricting the amount of food that can be eaten at one time. The band also controls the size of the opening to the remaining portion of the stomach, thus controlling the rate at which food flows from the pouch to the stomach, allowing a sensation of fullness to be achieved sooner and to last longer. 

  • No cutting or stapling of stomach
  • Restrictive
  • Adjustable and reversible


The laparoscopic Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (VSG) is a restrictive procedure where a thin vertical sleeve of stomach is made into the shape of a narrow tube or banana.  Approximately 60 to 80% of the stomach is removed. The procedure works by not only reducing the size of the stomach but also removing the fundus, the part of the stomach that produces ghrelin, a hunger-stimulating hormone.

  • Permanent removal of a section of stomach
  • Stapling of stomach occurs
  • Nonadjustable and nonreversible

Losing weight can feel like a never-ending battle.  Weight loss surgery can give you the tools to not only fight that battle, but to win it. At IWLS, we offer three surgical options along with on-going education and support, which is necessary for success.


The Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass is a combination restrictive and malabsorptive procedure where a small pouch is created in the top portion of the stomach. The remaining part of the stomach is severed from the pouch, and the intestine is rerouted to the new, smaller pouch, bypassing a portion of the intestine that absorbs nutrients and calories. 

  • Cutting and stapling of the stomach
  • Restrictive and malapsorptive
  • Nonadjustable and difficult to reverse