Surgical Options

Surgical Weight-Loss Procedures

Bariatric surgery should not be considered until you and your doctor have explored all other options. The best approach to bariatric surgery calls for a discussion of the following:

  • Bariatric surgery is not cosmetic surgery.
  • Bariatric surgery does not involve the removal of adipose tissue (fat) by suction or surgical removal.
  • Together, you and your doctor should discuss the benefits and risks.
  • You must commit to long-term lifestyle changes, including diet and exercise, which are key to the success of bariatric surgery.
  • Complications after surgery may require further operations.
  • Patients who underwent bariatric surgery have significantly reduced rates of developing cancer, cardiovascular diseases, endocrinological disorders, infectious diseases, musculoskeletal disorders, psychiatric disorders, and pulmonary disorders.

This surgical procedure allows restriction of food intake by means of a plastic band placed on the upper section of the stomach. This produces a small pouch, which prevents patients from over eating. The band is adjustable to each patients needs. This surgical treatment restricts weight gain by malnutrition of the gastrointestinal system. Surgical creation of a “small pouch” and intestinal bypass allows from 2 to 4 oz of food intake. Laparascopic procedures do not require an abdominal incision and post-surgical recovery is shorter and less painful than open surgical procedures. An individual is considered morbidly obese and may be a candidate for bariatric surgery if he or she is 100lbs over his or her ideal body weight and has a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or greater. Bariatric surgery has proven to be a long-term aid for those who struggle with their weight and suffer from morbid obesity.