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  • Center for Bariatric Surgery: A Program of Rhode Island and The Miriam Hospitals

  • This relatively new surgery also restricts food intake after surgery and results in weight loss similar to banding surgery. In this operation, 70 percent of the stomach is removed. The new tube-shaped stomach limits food intake soon after surgery and results in improvement in a variety of medical conditions.

    In some cases, a patient's morbid obesity is so pronounced that the patient would benefit from a two-stage process in order to lose several hundred pounds. Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy is usually performed as the first stage. A second surgery is offered to reach the goal weight for the patient when he or she reaches a safe weight, usually after a few months.