Why Consider Weight Loss Surgery?
Obesity increases your risk of potentially life-threatening, weight-related diseases such as diabetes and hypertension. These diseases make normal daily activities difficult, and are expensive to treat and significantly decrease life expectancy.
Weight loss surgery is the most effective method for helping people who have been unsuccessful at losing weight using diet and exercise alone. Bariatric surgery enables patients to lose a significant amount of weight and maintain that loss over the long term.
Is Bariatric Surgery the Right Choice for You?
Undergoing weight loss surgery is a major decision that will permanently alter your life. To be successful, you must be prepared to make permanent changes to many of your present behaviors. People who make these lifestyle changes achieve significant weight loss and experience increased health, greater mobility and improved self-esteem and self-confidence.
How Much Weight Can You Expect to Lose?
Your final weight loss depends on multiple factors including your starting weight, the current state of your health and your ability to adhere to lifestyle changes. The more effort you put in, the more successful you will be at achieving and maintaining optimal weight loss.
Your Surgical Options
Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy
Patients who don’t want to have a long-term implanted medical device now have another option with the sleeve gastrectomy.
Through five small incisions, each between one and two inches long, the surgeon removes approximately 70 percent of the stomach. This new stomach has a total capacity of just three to five ounces, which means patients feel full or satisfied after eating only two to four ounces of food.
Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass
In most patients, Roux-en-Y can be performed laparoscopically. When a laparoscopic operation is performed, a small video camera is inserted into the abdomen. The surgeon views the procedure on a separate video monitor. Most laparoscopic surgeons believe this gives them better visualization and access to key anatomical structures.