When people think of bariatric surgery, they often think they are all the same. Nothing could be further from the truth, however. In fact, there are many different types of procedures, each of them with different goals and results. Let’s take a look at the various bariatric procedures at SOFL that are available.

Gastric Balloon

The gastric balloon has been popular in South America and Europe for a long time. It has recently received FDA approval. This method is non-surgical, but weight loss of between 25 and 40lbs can be expected.

Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy

This is better known as gastric sleeve surgery and is a relatively new procedure. Between 75% and 80% of the stomach is removed, but the natural openings are left in place. This makes the stomach look more like a sleeve.

Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band

This is a procedure whereby a special band is placed around the top part of the stomach. This reduces the size of the stomach, leaving only a small pouch available for food consumption. A narrow passage is also left available into the rest of the stomach.

Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass

This is a minimally invasive type of surgery, using keyhole surgery through the belly button. This procedure is the least painful. Additionally, recovery time is significantly reduced.

Single Incision Sleeve Gastrectomy and Lap Band

With this procedure, pain is minimal and there is almost no scarring. This is because the stomach muscle is left intact. It is a very innovative form of surgery that is rapidly gaining in popularity.

Revisional Bariatric Surgery

Revisional bariatric surgery is offered to those who have already had a procedure and need something changing. For instance, a lap band can be tightened for further weight loss. Alternatively, it can be loosened if there is reason for someone to consume more nutrients, for instance during pregnancy.

Band Over Bypass Surgery

This option combines different gastric surgery methods into one. It is particularly suitable for those who have tried traditional surgery and have not experienced much success with it.

Banded Plication

This is a method that is currently being studied and researched. Initial trials have shown promising results in terms of improving the weight loss results experienced with an adjustable gastric band.

Rose/Apollo Procedure

This procedure addresses the stretching that has occurred between the stoma, which is the area where the small intestine and the pouch of the stomach join up. This stretching happens after gastric surgery has taken place. Once it stretches, people feel less full after a meal, which can lead to overeating and subsequent regaining of weight. The Rose/Apollo procedure stops this from happening.


This is a brand new and truly revolutionary method. It is suitable for those who have already had some type of gastric surgery, but have now started to gain weight again. As such, it is a type of ‘top up’ procedure.

Adolescent Gastric Surgery

Finally, more and more teens and adolescents are becoming obese. Surgeons are investigating whether surgeries specific for that age group would be viable. So far, it looks as if lap bands designed specifically for young people aged between 14 and 18 will soon be approved.