Types of Bariatric Surgery You Might Consider for Your Weight Loss Goals
To lose weight, most doctors recommend that patients opt for a healthy diet and regular exercise. Unfortunately, these solutions don’t work for everyone all the time. If you’re looking to lose weight but have been unsuccessful after months of hard work, you might consider bariatric surgery, also known as weight loss surgery. Keep reading to learn about the types of bariatric surgery offered at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center.
The first procedure to consider is gastric bypass surgery, which has been successfully performed for years and is the most studied weight loss procedure. Gastric bypass surgery , also known as Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, involves rerouting a section of the small intestines and the creation of a small gastric pouch. After the surgery, the patient will feel full sooner during meals and his body will absorb fewer calories.
During a sleeve gastrectomy, a surgeon removes a significant portion of the stomach—specifically the portion that encourages the patient to continue eating after he/she is full. Like patients who undergo gastric bypass, those who opt for a sleeve gastrectomy achieve fullness after eating much smaller portions of food. The long-term effects of sleeve gastrectomy are unclear, but the procedure has so far had very promising results.
Another option is a laparoscopic adjustable band, which involves the placement of a silicone balloon around the upper stomach. The idea is to reduce the amount of food the patient needs to feel full. Lap Band and Realize adjustable bands are popular weight loss options because the bands can be adjusted as patients’ needs change. Adjustable band procedures are also completely reversible.
To learn more about the above weight loss procedures, schedule an appointment at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center. You can also call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral service at (805) 497-2727 to discuss your options. If you or a loved one experiences heart trouble or another kind of emergency, don’t hesitate to visit our emergency room .