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Obesity Treatments: Bariatric Options

Posted: January 31, 2018

obesity treatments, comprehensive surgical weight loss care, weight loss, obesity, surgical weight loss candidate, life after bariatric surgery, Bon Secours Surgical Weight Loss Center, weight loss clinicObesity treatments vary for each person based on their individual needs. If you’re searching for the best way to lose weight, make sure to consult a team of medical professionals dedicated to helping people who have obesity.

Bariatric surgery may be right for you if you meet specific medical conditions that take into account your weight and whether you have any chronic diseases associated with obesity. Sleep apnea and type 2 diabetes are two examples.

Health authorities have determined that weight-loss surgery is the most effective treatment for people who have obesity based on studies that looked at long-term weight loss. Many patients see their diabetes go into remission. Many no longer need medications for blood pressure or cholesterol.

Despite these health benefits, bariatric surgery is not appropriate for everyone. Patients must commit to eating a healthy diet and working out on a regular basis. Snacking on high-calorie foods and not getting enough exercise can lead to weight gain after surgery.

Top Obesity Treatments

Gastric Band: During the gastric band procedure, a surgeon places an inflatable band around the top part of your stomach. It creates a small pouch with an adjustable opening.

Pros:

  • Can be reversed or adjusted.
  • Short hospital stay and low risk of surgery-related problems.
  • No changes to intestines.

Cons:

  • Unfortunately, less weight loss than other types of bariatric surgery.
  • Frequent follow-up visits to adjust band. Some people may not adapt to band.
  • Possible future surgery to remove or replace a part or all of the band system.

Gastric Sleeve: Also called sleeve gastrectomy, this surgery removes about 80 percent of the stomach. It creates a long, banana-shaped pouch.

Pros:

  • Greater weight loss than gastric band.
  • No changes to intestines.
  • No objects placed in body.
  • Short hospital stay.

Cons:

  • Cannot be reversed.
  • Higher chance of surgery-related problems than gastric band.
  • Chance of acid reflux.

Gastric Bypass – In this procedure, the surgeon staples part of your stomach. It creates a small pouch that attaches to the middle part of the small intestine.

Pros:

  • Greater weight loss than gastric band.
  • No objects placed in body.

Cons:

  • Sometimes, it is difficult to reverse.
  • Greater chance of surgery-related problems when compared to gastric band.

+ You can learn more about bariatric surgery during an education seminar through Bon Secours Surgical Weight Loss Center. 

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