Why Surgery for Morbid Obesity?
Plain and simple, being overweight is harmful to your health. Even though more than one-third of adults in the United States are obese, many have no idea of the health risks involved. Obesity is a risk factor for diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and many other health problems. Morbid obesity is a chronic condition that is difficult to treat through diet and exercise alone. Bariatric surgery also called weight loss surgery, is an option for people who are morbidly obese and cannot lose weight be traditional means or who suffer from serious obesity-related health problems.
Bariatric Surgery promotes weight loss by restricting food intake and, in some surgeries, interrupting the digestive process to prevent the absorption of some calories and nutrients. Recent studies suggest that bariatric surgery may even have a favorable impact on mortality (death) rates in severely obese patients. Patients who undergo bariatric surgery must also commit to a lifetime of healthy eating and regular physical activity. these health habits help patients achieve the best results by ensuring the weight loss from surgery is successfully maintained.
Patients can choose between three different surgical weight loss procedures we offer:
Roux-en-Y gastric bypass is a procedure that alters the path food takes in the digestive tract, effectively preventing the body from absorbing a large amount of calories.
The procedure involves stapling off a section of the lower stomach to reduce its size and ability to absorb calories. Then, the small intestine is divided into an upper portion and a lower portion. The lower portion of the intestine is connected to the stomach to allow bile and pancreatic fluid to enter the stomach for digestion. The upper portion is reconnected to a lower area of the smaller intestine, creating a Y-like shape.
The gastric LAP-BAND® System is a relatively safe and effective weight-loss procedure that works by limiting the amount of food an individual can consume.
An adjustable band is used to create a smaller stomach chamber that holds significantly less food, causing the patient to get fuller faster. This forces the patient to reduce the amount of calories consumed, resulting in loss of weight. The LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Band is inserted into the abdominal area laparoscopically and moved into place before it is clasped into position around the stomach. The band can be adjusted at any time to suit the needs of the patient.
This procedure generates weight loss soley through gastric restriction. It also involves the removal ofthe portion of the stomach that produces Grehlin, a hormone that plays a major role in hunger. This may cause a marked decrease in appetite. This operation can be offered to patients as an alternative to the adjustable gastric banding or to patients who do not qualify for the Roux-en-Y surgery due to previous intestinal surgery or certain medical conditions. The lack of an intestinal bypass avoids potential complications such as marginal ulcers, vitamin deficiencies and intestinal obstructions.
In addition to our high-quality gastric bypass, LAP-BAND® System, and Sleeve Gastrectomy procedures, we also offer Revisional Bariatric Surgery to our patients.
Revisional bariatric surgery may be necessary for those who have undergone prior weight-loss operations that have failed and caused them to regain their weight, or for those who suffered complications from their primary weight-loss procedure. Our experienced surgeons have undergone extensive training to correct these issues and deliver the most favorable results. They can determine why the patient failed to lose weight and suggest the most appropriate corrective procedure during a consultation.
Please contact our practice to learn more about revisional bariatric surgery or to schedule a consultation with one of our surgeons.