Nanticoke Weight Loss & General Surgery is here to support you as you move through your weight loss journey. We offer a holistic approach for the treatment of obesity, coming surgery, diet education, behavioral therapy and support for lifestyle changes. Our multidisciplinary team includes patient access and support from a number of related specialty areas including:
- Bariatric (Weight Loss) Surgery
- Bariatric Medicine and Behavioral Therapy
- Cardiology and Heart Health Physicians
- Pulmonary and Respiratory Physicians
- Endocrinology and Diabetes Management
- Nutritional Support by Registered Dietitians
- Physical Therapy and Exercise Support
- Emotional and Mental Health Support
Patients having weight loss surgery at Nanticoke also have access to:
- Designated health care professionals that will coordinate care and education.
- An outpatient clinic with equipment specifically designed for bariatric surgery patients.
- Organized and supervised support groups.
- Long-term care through follow-up visits to monitor progress and support a lifetime of success.
For patients having weight loss surgery, all procedures performed at Nanticoke are done through a four to five half inch incisions (laparoscopic surgery). This results in much less pain and faster recovery than with traditional surgery that uses a larger incision.
Types of Weight Loss Surgery
The Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy (also known as Vertical Gastrectomy) involves removing about 75% of the stomach. This leaves a narrow gastric “sleeve” or tube through which your food passes. No intestines are removed or bypassed in a sleeve gastrectomy.
By reducing the size of your stomach, the food portion you take in is significantly decreased. Sleeve gastrectomy also results in significant appetite suppression for the first few years after surgery.
With the surgery, patients can expect to lose about 50 – 60% of their excess body weight.
GASTRIC BYPASS SURGERY
Gastric bypass surgery is an operation that creates a small stomach pouch to restrict food intake. This surgery re-routes a segment of your intestine e to decrease the absorption of food by about 20%. During the gastric bypass procedure, the surgeon makes a direct connection from the stomach to the lower segment of the small intestine, bypassing the duodenum (the first part of the small intestine) and some of the jejunum (the second part of the small intestine). This delays the mixing of ingested food and digestive enzymes.
With this surgery, patients can expect to lose about 60 – 70% of their excess body weight.
BILIARY-PANCREATIC DIVERSION DUODENAL SWITCH
This operation is only offered to patients with a Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than 50. It is a combination of sleeve gastrectomy and rerouting of your intestines. The sleeve gastrectomy results in a reduction of the portion size a patient can take in. Rerouting your intestines decreases the absorption of food by 40 – 50%.
The Duodenal Switch procedure is offered in very few centers in the United States. Nanticoke Health Services is the only institution in Delaware with the expertise to offer this operation.
With this surgery, patients can expect to lose about 80 – 90% of their excess body weight.