Options for Treatment
Below are the most common operative procedures we perform at Iowa Bariatrics. We will decide the best approach for your unique situation through consultations and in office appointments. To learn a bit about what each procedure entails, read below and visit our Weight Loss Surgery page for even more information. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or would like to schedule an office visit today.
Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass
The most common operative procedure we perform for weight loss is the Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass. This is currently considered to be the "gold standard" weight loss surgical procedure.
This procedure results in weight loss by reducing the size of your stomach, so you cannot eat as much, and by bypassing some of your small intestines so you absorb less fatty foods. This operation is accepted by obesity surgeons and the major obesity physician societies as being the most effective in weight reduction and maintenance of weight loss.
At Iowa Bariatrics, we prefer performing this surgery using laparoscopic techniques, to avoid a large incision in your abdomen, however an abdominal incision is sometimes necessary based on your weight, body shape, and previous surgical history. The decision to proceed with laparoscopy versus open surgery will be made during your third clinic visit when you discuss options with your surgeon.
For your insurance company, the code for this operative procedure is: CPT 43644 and the ICD-9 code for the diagnosis of morbid obesity is 278.01