An Introduction to Weight Loss Surgery
Bariatric surgery is the only proven treatment method that results in sustained and durable weight loss in the severely obese. Losing and keeping those pounds off has an incredible positive impact on health: it reduces the risk of an early death and improves or cures medical conditions associated with obesity.
Several types of surgical procedures exist. Each procedure is different in the way it functions, how it helps you lose weight and how much weight loss it is likely to produce.
In general, weight loss procedures may be classified into restrictive or malabsorptive procedures. Restrictive procedures reduce the size of the gastric (stomach) reservoir causing decreased food intake and promoting a feeling of fullness (satiety) even after small meals. Malabsorptive procedures involve rerouting the intestinal tract in order to reduce the absorption of calories and other nutrients. Some procedures involve a combination of both mechanisms.
Regardless of the procedure chosen, you should think of bariatric surgery as a tool to help you manage your weight and other health issues. The procedure itself will help you lose weight, modify your behavior and improve your health. However for optimal, long-term results you have to use that tool effectively. You must commit to following a healthy, balanced diet plan, regular exercise and lifestyle change in order to achieve your goal of a healthier life.
You should try to obtain as much information as you can to help you understand the various surgical options available. Please browse this section for more information on bariatric surgery performed at Bridge Bariatrics.
Weight loss procedures offered at Bridge Bariatrics
Bioenterics Intragastric Balloon
Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding
Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass
Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy