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Bariatric Surgery

Surgical Options for Bariatric Surgery, Denver


Dr. Tillquist performs all traditional bariatric surgery methods such as open, laproscopic, and da Vinci robotic.

Adjustable Gastric Banding

The adjustable gastric band weight-loss procedure is a minimally invasive surgery that creates a small pouch in the upper portion of the stomach, allowing patients to feel full longer. The surgery is typically one hour long. During the procedure, the surgeon places a silicone band around the upper part of the stomach, creating a pouch that can hold only a small amount of food. The larger, lower part of the stomach is connected to the newly formed pouch by a small outlet through the band. Also, an access port will be placed in your abdomen to be used for adjusting the band

Roux-en-y (RNY) Gastric Bypass Surgery

The Roux-en-Y (RNY) gastric bypass procedure is the most common type of gastric bypass surgery. During this procedure, the surgeon uses surgical staples to create a pouch in the upper stomach. The pouch is connected directly to the small intestine, bypassing the rest of the stomach and the upper portion of the small intestine. The surgery typically takes two hours.

Dr. Tillquist performs the RNY gastric bypass as a minimally invasive (laproscopic) surgery. The procedure is done through small incisions with the aid of a tiny camera. As opposed to a traditional or open procedure, the laproscopic procedure has many benefits including:

  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Lowered risk of infection
  • Faster, less painful recovery

Sleeve Gastrectomy

The sleeve gastrectomy (Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy or VSG) is a minimally invasive surgery that creates a very small stomach, limiting the amount of food that can be taken in at one time. The procedure is typically one hour. The surgeon will staple off and remove about 85 percent of the stomach. The procedure is performed through small incisions and is aided by a tiny camera (laparoscopic surgery). As opposed to a traditional or open procedure, the laparoscopic procedure has many benefits including:

  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Lowered risk of infection
  • Faster, less painful recovery