Weight loss in case of severely overweight or obese patients can be effectively achieved with the help of bariatric surgery procedures. Different techniques to perform these procedures are used, depending on the specific needs of a case. In a majority of cases, the surgeon will make use of laparoscopic surgery, which is a minimally invasive approach.
Gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, adjustable gastric band, and biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch are the most common bariatric procedures. Experienced bariatric surgeon Dr. Wiljon Beltre provides these procedures to patients in Orlando, Tampa, Altamonte Springs, Central Florida, and surrounding locations.
This procedure is usually considered the gold standard in weight loss surgeries. Gastric bypass will involve the creation of a small stomach pouch by dividing the top of the stomach from the remaining part. Thereafter, the first part of the small intestine is divided, and the bottom end of the divided portion is brought up and connected to the newly created small stomach pouch.
The newly created stomach pouch is significantly small and allows for smaller meals, resulting in reduced calorie consumption. More importantly, the re-routing of the food stream induces changes in gut hormones that suppress hunger, promote satiety, and reverse the mechanism by which obesity leads to type 2 diabetes.
Sleeve gastrectomy bariatric surgery typically involves laparoscopic removal of nearly 80 percent of the stomach. The new stomach pouch holds smaller volume, which helps to reduce the amount of calories that can be consumed. Additional impact is on the gut hormones, just as in the case of gastric bypass.
Research studies have revealed that both gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy are equally effective in terms of weight loss and remission or improvement of type 2 diabetes. The advantage with this technique is that it involves no bypass or re-routing of the food stream.
Adjustable Gastric Band
This procedure involves an inflatable band that is positioned around the top portion of the stomach. This helps create a small stomach pouch above the band, while the remaining stomach is below the band. With this technique, eating only a little amount of food will generate the feeling of fullness.
This feeling will depend on the size of the opening created by the gastric band. It is possible to adjust the size of the stomach opening by filling the band with sterile saline, which is injected through a port underneath the skin.
Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch (BPD/DS)
In BPD/DS, firstly the bariatric surgeon will create a small, tubular pouch by removing a part of the stomach in a similar way to sleeve gastrectomy. Thereafter, a large part of the small intestine will be bypassed.
The duodenum, which is the first part of the small intestine, is divided, and thereafter a segment of the last part of the small intestine is brought up and connected to the outlet of the newly created stomach. Nearly three-fourths of the small intestine is bypassed by the food stream.
Dr. Beltre receives patients from Orlando, Tampa, Altamonte Springs, Central Florida, and other cities in the region for various weight loss procedures.
Important Note: If the weight is regained, diabetes and other conditions could return.
To find out more about the procedures & treatments performed by Orlando Bariatric Surgeon, Dr. Wiljon Beltre, at The Center for Metabolic and Obesity Surgery Call 407-830-6868 or Click Here to Schedule a Consultation.
Please note: If the weight is regained, conditions could return.