People in the Orlando area always want to look and feel their best. For some people, that means turning to bariatric surgery. Bariatric surgery, or weight loss surgery is an option when the person simply can’t lose weight no matter how much they diet or exercise. But more than this, their weight is beginning to negatively affect their health. Many obese people with such problems as sleep apnea or diabetes find that their condition is resolved after they have their weight loss surgery.
In this type of bariatric surgery, the surgeon isolates most of the stomach so that there’s only a pouch at the top. One section of the small intestine is connected to this pouch and another section that’s still connected to most of the stomach is connected to it. This allows the enzymes and juices made by the stomach to enter the small intestine and help digest the food. However, the new pouch allows the patient to eat only small portions of food at a time.
In this operation, the doctor modifies part of the stomach so that it resembles a sleeve or a tube. As with the pouch, the stomach simply can’t hold as such food as it used to. Altering the stomach this way also cuts down on the production of a hormone called ghrelin. This hormone controls a person’s appetite, and with less of it, the person’s appetite is decreased.
Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch
In this surgery, the doctor also removes part of the stomach, though they leave the first part of the small intestine and the valve that lets food enter it from the stomach. However, the middle part of the small intestine is resected, and the surgeon attaches it to the duodenum. The other end of this part of the intestine is sutured to the end of the intestine so the enzymes from the pancreas and bile from the gallbladder can help digest the food. The reason for this is to make the food bypass most of the patient’s small intestine. This cuts down on the calories they consume but also cuts down on the nutrients they can absorb.
This is the only bariatric procedure of the four that can be reversed. It is performed laparoscopically with miniaturized instruments. During the procedure, the doctor inserts a band with a balloon around the upper part of the patient’s stomach. This creates a pouch. The doctor also inserts a port in the abdomen that is connected to the band. This allows the balloon and thus the band and the pouch to be adjusted.
Learn More About Bariatric Surgery in Orlando
Are you a resident of the Orlando area who suffers from obesity and can’t seem to lose weight and the extra pounds are beginning to affect your health? Then don’t hesitate to call The Center for Metabolic and Obesity Surgery in Maitland! Contact us today to schedule your consultation.