Types of Bariatric Surgery

At the Weight Management Center, you work with a team of professionals ready to help improve your health through successful weight loss and management.

Your doctor will work with you to find the right procedure for your needs and goals.

Bariatric surgeries at Reading Hospital are performed with the da Vinci surgical robot, which allows the surgeon to see better and have access to superior instruments resulting in more precision. Research indicates this results in fewer complications during surgery and earlier discharge from the hospital. 

Weight Management Surgeries

Gastric Sleeve

During the gastric sleeve operation, a thin vertical sleeve of stomach is created using a stapling device. The rest of the stomach is removed. The procedure limits the amount of food you can eat and helps you feel full sooner. Food consumed passes through the digestive tract in the usual order.

Gastric Bypass

In a gastric bypass surgery, a small pouch limits your portion sizes and decreases hunger. In addition, food bypasses the stomach and upper portion of the small intestine which results in your body absorbing fewer calories from the food.

Duodenal Switch

This operation combines a gastric sleeve with shortening the length of the small intestine available to absorb the food you eat. This is a more aggressive approach resulting in more weight loss and less recurrence of obesity. This operation includes higher surgical risks and increased supplementation to prevent nutrient deficiencies.


The stomach intestinal pylorus-sparing surgery (SIPS) is a form of duodenal switch surgery, except it forms a sleeve gastrectomy that is larger than a typical sleeve. This modified approach reduces complications and side effects while still promoting effective weight loss.

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Additional Care & Treatment

Reading Health offers care for you, whether you're a first-time weight loss surgery patient or if you need help moving your weight loss along.  

Bariatric Surgery Revisions

If you've had bariatric surgery in the past and are facing healthcare issues or increased weight gain, Reading Health Weight Management Center offers surgical revisions for weight-loss surgery patients.

Complications following bariatric surgery can sometimes be a result of poor post-operative care,or related to other health issues. Surgical revisions can provide adjustments to get you back on track.

Preparing for Surgery

To help you prepare for surgery, your doctor and insurance coverage may recommend monthly nutritional visits for three to four months before the procedure. After you've completed the requirements, your insurance company and the Weight Management Center will approve the surgery and set a date.

Before your surgery, you'll be required to start a low-calorie liquid diet for a few days before the surgery so you can use up the calories in your liver. This makes the operation easier and safer for you.