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Bariatric Surgery Weight Loss

Being overweight puts you at an increased risk of serious diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease. When you have trouble losing weight on your own, bariatric surgery might be a suitable option, as long as you’re considered a good candidate for it. Find our more about this type of surgery for weight loss. 

What Is Bariatric Surgery?

Bariatric surgery involves surgically altering your stomach, along with your digestive system, in order to put limits on the amount of food you eat and the amount of nutrients your body absorbs. The goal of this surgery is to help you lose weight when diet and exercise are not effective. 

Types of Bariatric Surgery

There are different types of bariatric surgery available for weight loss. These include the following:

  • Gastric Bypass: This procedure involves creating a smaller stomach pouch, resulting in long-term weight loss and hormonal changes that help suppress your appetite. 
  • Sleeve Gastrectomy: This procedure involves creating a tube-shaped stomach pouch by removing around 80 percent of your stomach. 
  • Adjustable Gastric Band: This procedure involves the placement of an inflatable band around the upper stomach area, which forms a small pouch. 
  • Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch Gastric Bypass: This procedure involves forming a small stomach pouch, then bypassing most of the small intestine.

Suitable Candidates for Bariatric Surgery

How do you know if bariatric surgery is a good option for you? There are certain qualifications that you need to meet in order to be considered a good candidate for this type of weight loss surgery. These qualifications might vary based on the procedure you’re considering, but in general, they might include the following:

  • Having a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or higher or being overweight by more than 100 pounds
  • Having a BMI of 35 or higher and having a serious obesity-related disease, such as heart disease, diabetes or fatty liver disease
  • Being unable to lose weight and sustain it through diet and exercise

In order to determine if you are a suitable candidate for bariatric surgery, you’ll need to undergo an evaluation. This evaluation typically includes taking certain factors into consideration, such as your weight history, dieting history, medical conditions, psychological well-being and age. You will also need to be able to follow up on making recommended changes to your diet and exercise and follow post-surgery instructions to ensure that your procedure is successful.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Bariatric Surgery

When you’re thinking about having bariatric surgery, it’s important to weigh the pros and cons first. This type of weight loss surgery has certain advantages and disadvantages that that should be taken into consideration.

The advantages of bariatric surgery include the following:

  • These procedures are generally successful at leading to long-term weight loss.
  • The results of these procedures help lower your risk of diabetes and other obesity-related conditions. 
  • These procedures can also cause changes in your hormones that decrease your appetite and suppress hunger on a regular basis. 

The disadvantages of bariatric surgery include the following:

  • Since you’re undergoing surgery, there’s a risk of complications, such as infections. 
  • Bariatric surgery can lead to nutritional deficiencies, especially if you don’t follow recommended dietary changes afterwards. 
  • Surgery might not be successful, which means you might have need to have the procedure done again.

If you’re considering having bariatric surgery, please contact Shawna Purcell, MD to schedule an appointment. Dr. Purcell can help you determine if this type of surgery is right for you.

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