Types of Bariatric SurgeryA patient must meet the NIH criteria for obesity to qualify as a surgical candidate, and have at least one related comorbid condition or, for the adjustable gastric band, a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30. Holy Name Medical Center offers three surgical approaches to weight loss: Gastric banding is a restrictive surgical procedure. A band is placed around the upper part of the stomach to create a small pouch, about the size of an egg. The adjustable gastric band limits the amount a patient can eat at one time to about half a cup. By slowing the flow of food out of the stomach, patients feel full sooner and stay satisfied longer. Over time, surgeons adjust the tightness of the band to help patients meet weight loss goals. Gastric bypass (Roux en-Y) surgery uses a combination of restriction and malabsorption. The surgeon creates a smaller stomach pouch. The surgeon then attaches a Y-shaped section of the small intestine directly to the pouch, causing food to bypass a large portion of the small intestine. The smaller stomach pouch causes patients to feel fuller sooner and eat less food. Sleeve gastrectomy is a restrictive surgical procedure. The surgeon removes approximately 75% of the stomach, leaving a narrow sleeve-like stomach that limits the amount of food a patient can eat at one time, while producing a full feeling that lasts longer. Food passes through the digestive tract in the usual order, allowing it to be fully absorbed. To sign up for a patient information seminar or for a referral to a Holy Name bariatric surgeon, call 1-877-HOLY-NAME (1-877-465-9526). For general information about the Bariatric Surgery Program at Holy Name Medical Center, call 201-833-7043. ABOUT HOLY NAME MEDICAL CENTERHoly Name Medical Center is a fully accredited, not-for-profit healthcare facility based in Teaneck, New Jersey, with off-site locations throughout Bergen County. Founded and sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace in 1925, the comprehensive 361-bed medical center offers leading-edge medical practice and technology administered in an environment rooted in a tradition of compassion and respect for every patient. Holy Name provides high quality health care across a continuum that encompasses education, prevention, early intervention, comprehensive treatment options, rehabilitation and wellness maintenance—from pre-conception through end-of-life.