Bariatric surgery, also referred to as weight-loss surgery, helps patients reach and maintain their weight-loss goals by limiting the amount of food the stomach can hold. The most common surgeries performed at Yale Medicine include gastric bypass surgery, which significantly shrinks the stomach size, and minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery, in which an adjustable gastric band is used to constrict the stomach.
To ensure the quality of the surgery, the patient will undergo an imaging procedure after the surgery called a fluoroscopy. In fluoroscopy, the patient drinks a contrast agent, and then a safe, low-dose continuous X-ray is beamed through the patient so a radiologist can clearly see the stomach and immediate surrounding areas. Steffen Huber, MD, a Yale Medicine radiologist, with expertise in body and cardiovascular imaging, says that his team performs multiple post-surgical fluoroscopy studies per week. Our radiology team remains in close contact with our patients' physicians and surgeons, which ensures seamless care.