With weight loss from bariatric surgery there also comes great gain; Freedom, Energy, Self Esteem, Confidence, and a lifetime of happiness and joy. If traditional weight loss surgery methods have not worked for you, bariatric surgery may be the answer you’ve been looking for. In this section we will provide you information about our program and specific medical details about our procedures including gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, and adjustable gastric banding. You will also find answers to questions that patients, just like you, ask frequently.
How surgery reduces weight
The concept of gastric surgery to control obesity grew out of results of operations for cancer or severe ulcers that removed large portions of the stomach or small intestine. Because patients undergoing these procedures tended to lose weight after surgery, some doctors began to use such operations to treat severe obesity. With further study, surgeons were able to recommend similar modifications that could be safely used to produce weight loss in morbidly obese patients. Over the last decade these procedures have been continually refined in order to improve results and minimize risks. Today’s bariatric surgeons have access to a substantial body of clinical data to help them determine which surgeries should be used and why.
Surgeons now use other techniques that produce weight loss primarily by limiting how much the stomach can hold. Two types of surgical procedures used to promote weight loss are:
- Restrictive surgery – During these procedures the stomach is made smaller. A section of your stomach is removed or closed, which limits the amount of food it can hold and causes you to feel full.
- Malabsorptive surgery – Most of digestion and absorption takes place in the small intestine. Surgery to this area shortens the length of the small intestine and/or changes where it connects to the stomach, limiting the amount of food that is completely digested or absorbed (causing malabsorption). These surgeries are now performed along with restrictive surgery.
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“Weight-loss surgery is not a magic wand. People shouldn’t think it’s easy. It’s really a beginning to a complete lifestyle change, but it’s the best choice I ever made.”