Learn More About Your Choices
There are many 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 offered once a month in the Conference 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 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.