Weight Loss Surgery Options
With more than one-third of adults in the United States suffering from obesity, finding an effective treatment for this condition is more important than ever before. A variety of non-invasive treatment methods exist, including weight loss medication, dietary changes, and regular exercise. However, these treatment options are not effective for every patient. In cases where non-invasive treatments are unsuccessful, patients may be able to lose weight with the help of weight loss surgery.
Types of Weight Loss Surgery
Several different types of weight loss surgery exist. Options include:
Sleeve gastrectomy, which may also be called “gastric sleeve,” is one of the newest bariatric procedures available. It involves the stapling of the lower part of the stomach in order to reduce the amount of food it can hold. Once the procedure is complete, the patient’s stomach is reduced to a small tube that connects the small intestine and the esophagus.
Also known as lap band surgery, gastric band surgery is a reversible laparoscopic procedure during which a silicone ring is fitted around the upper part of the stomach in order to reduce its capacity. After the ring has been placed, the surgeon can alter the degree of restriction on the stomach by adding or removing saline to the ring with a small needle.
Gastric bypass is one of the most common bariatric surgeries. This type of weight loss surgery restricts the amount of food the patient can eat at one time by stapling off a portion of the stomach. During the procedure, the surgeon also restructures the intestines in order to bypass the lower part of the stomach and the first portion of the small intestine, which reduces absorption of calories and speeds weight loss. Gastric bypass may be performed laparoscopically or as an open surgery.
Choosing the Right Type of Weight Loss Surgery
Weight loss surgery methods are different from one another, and not all patients will benefit from the same type. For example, while lap band surgery is reversible, other types of bariatric surgery are not. Likewise, lap band surgery is adjustable, while other methods cannot be altered. In addition, while sleeve gastrectomy and gastric band surgery simply restrict food intake, gastric bypass restricts food intake and reduces absorption capabilities.
Having weight loss surgery is a big decision that will affect your life dramatically. If you are considering a weight loss surgery, consult with a licensed physician like Dr. Michael Baptista to find the surgical option that is best for your individual situation.
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