For Our Customers: The Terms We Use

Bariatric … Gastrectomy … Laparoscopic … Weight-loss surgery has a language of its own. To help our patients, potential patients and family members feel more comfortable with the terminology we use, we offer this mini-glossary:

Bariatrics — the branch of medicine that deals with the causes, prevention and treatment of obesity.

Gastrectomy — surgical removal of all or part of the stomach.

Laparoscopic Surgery — also known as minimally invasive surgery; a technique that allows surgery to be performed without the long traditional incision. By using multiple small incisions, each a few centimeters long, the surgeon inserts instruments including a tiny camera. The camera allows the surgeon to visualize the surgery. Incisions are made through the skin, muscle and other tissue, making laparoscopic surgery safer as less tissue is cut.

SILS — stand for Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery. New York Bariatric Group surgeons are among a select group in the country now offering SILS, which is performed through a single incision hidden in the belly button. This results in much quicker recovery and almost scarless surgery. Ask your doctor if you are a candidate for the new SILS technique.

Gastric Bypass — a surgical operation that typically involves reducing the size of the stomach and reconnecting the smaller stomach to bypass the first portion of the small intestine to restrict food intake and reduce caloric absorption in cases of severe obesity.

Adjustable Lap Band Surgery – In this procedure, an inflatable silicone device is placed around the top portion of the stomach, creating a small pouch and a narrow passage into the larger remainder of the stomach. The band is then inflated with a salt solution. It can be tightened or loosened over time to change the size of the passage by increasing or decreasing the amount of salt solution. The system helps the patient eat less by limiting the amount of food that can be eaten at one time and increasing the time it takes for food to be digested.

Sleeve Gastrectomy — In this procedure, the stomach is converted from a 1200 cc muscular reservoir into a 120 cc muscular tube shaped like a banana. The extra portion of stomach is removed. With most of the stomach removed, large amounts of food simply cannot be eaten, since there very little stomach left to collect it.

Endoflip — a new device that can be used as an adjunct in the operating room to achieve immediate proper adjustment at the time of insertion of the adjustable lap band. The endoflip is inserted into the stomach after the band is placed. Once the band is in position, the band is adjusted in the operating room, while the endoflip gives immediate feedback about how tight the band is becoming as saline is added. Using the endoflip, the surgeon can adjust the band so when patients leave the operating room, the band is properly adjusted. Hitting the “sweet spot” from the day of surgery, jump starts a patient’s weight loss.

Rose Procedure — an incision-less surgical procedure that restores the size of the stomach pouch and stoma (the connection between the pouch and small intestine) close to the original post-surgery proportions for patients whose stomach pouch or stoma may have stretched out in the years since their original surgery.

We hope this introduction of terms increases your comfort level in discussing the options available to you. We invite you to scan back to the top of this web page and click on the “Live Chat” button or call our office at (516) 616-5500 to start a discussion today.

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Lost 145lbs

Thomas' success story

I went in for surgery. An hour later, I came out a new man.

Everybody treated me like a king. The day of surgery, I was excited. The hospital couldn’t be any nicer. I went in for surgery. An hour later, I came out a new man. My recovery was awesome. I was out of bed that day. My wife and kids were my motivation on getting this surgery. They are my whole life. I’m happy I’m going to be around for them.

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Lost 76lbs

Nicole's success story

I hit my goal weight ... and I feel fabulous

I had the gastric bypass. I am Type 2 Diabetic and I wanted to gain control of my sugar. I hit my goal weight in about 5 and half months and I feel fabulous. The procedure has completely changed my life for the better because it has empowered me as a middle aged woman that I can really do everything and anything that I want to do. I don't put an age on anything. I don't say I'm too old for something.

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Lost 76lbs

Robert's success story

I was tired of the way I looked. I was tired of the way I felt.

I knew if I didn't change something soon, I was going to be in a lot of trouble. The consultation process was a lot easier than I expected. I was met with open arms. I was treated like I was the only patient here. Not only did they answer all of my questions, they had questions for me to make sure I was the right candidate for the surgery. After surgery and that weight started dropping off, my life started changing for the better.

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Lost 92lbs

Samantha's success story

I feel like a completely different person.

I had the gastric sleeve procedure. The driving factor behind me getting this procedure was my health. I didn't feel good physically or mentally. I had joint pains, even standing was difficult sometimes. Emotionally, this surgery completely turned my life around. I have so much more confidence. So much more happiness. I feel like a completely different person. I feel stronger. I feel able to accomplish more.

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Lost 99lbs

Eileen's success story

It saved my life.

The driving factor behind me getting my procedure was that I couldn't get up off the floor with my granddaughter. That was my why. That was my big reason for having this surgery done. After surgery, it was a little bit of a struggle with what to eat. What you put in your mouth that you don't even think about. You don't think about what you're eating or how you're eating and portion size. It's what I do now every single day. The procedure has changed my life in so many ways. It saved my life.

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Lost 126lbs

Brittany's success story

I am totally comfortable in my own skin.

I think I always grew up identifying myself as less than other people because I was fat. I decided to tackle that and just live my life. I had a sleeve gastrectomy. It changed how I view myself. How I communicate with people. I'm able to be much more of myself and live the life I always thought I should have been living. I am totally comfortable in my own skin. You have the tools you need to succeed here.

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Lost 157lbs

Desiree's success story

I have a brand new life. I can do things I couldn't do before.

I had a vertical sleeve gastrectomy because I had just become diabetic, and I had hypertension for many years. I lost a total of 157 pounds in 11 months. I have a brand new life. I can do things I couldn't do before. Everyone at New York Bariatric Group has been wonderful. They are kind. They are understanding. They make you feel comfortable. They will guide you every step of the way on your journey so that you can be successful.

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