Learn More About Your Choices
There are lots of options when it comes to weight-loss surgery. To help you wade through the options and choose the one best for you, Providence Medical Group Bariatric Services offers free informational seminars. Seminars cover each option in-depth and provide an opportunity for you to ask questions directly to our surgeons and staff.
Seminars are generally offered twice a month in the Duran Learning Center on the First Floor of St. Patrick Hospital’s Broadway Building, 500 West Broadway, in Missoula. See our events calendar or call (406) 329-5866 for more information or to register.
Providence Medical Group Bariatric Services offers a range of bariatric surgeries, all done laparoscopically – meaning the surgeon uses instruments and follows magnified images on monitors. Rather than one large incision, laparoscopic surgery is performed through several small incisions (usually 0.5-1.5 cm each).
A laparoscopic adjustable gastric band, or lap band, is an inflatable silicone device placed around the top portion of the stomach to treat obesity. The device helps people lose weight by limiting food consumption.
A procedure that divides the stomach into a small upper pouch and a much larger lower "remnant" pouch and then re-arranges the small intestine to connect to both. Gastric bypass reduces the volume of the stomach and changes the physical response to food.
Sleeve gastrectomy (also called gastric sleeve) is a laparoscopic procedure that permanently reduces the size of the stomach to about 25% of its original size, by surgical removal of a large portion of the stomach. The open edges are then attached together to form a sleeve or tube with a banana shape.