Obesity Surgery: What are My Options?
Considering weight loss surgery is a big step towards getting healthy. Many people harbor the misconception that having a nip or a tuck will allow them to lose the weight they’ve carried for years. The truth of the matter is you must adopt new eating habits, both before and after surgery, to be successful. No operation can fix poor nutrition. These procedures are tools to put you on the right track and assist you in your journey. If you are wondering what surgical options you have, here are some obesity surgery procedures we offer:
The gastric sleeve is a preferred surgical solution as it is minimally-invasive. The surgeon removes part of the stomach leaving a “sleeve” of stomach between the esophagus and small intestine, and the intestines in this case are not rerouted. The healing time for this procedure is reduced. If a person cannot be under anesthesia for long periods of time, surgeons may opt to begin with the sleeve and later advance to gastric bypass to finish the weight loss journey. It’s important to have a support system and a nutritionist to help in making better dietary choices. A gastric sleeve is an excellent option for those who need to return to their normal activities quickly.
The most popular obesity surgery available is the gastric bypass. During this procedure, the surgeon removes part of the stomach and creates a pouch like the gastric sleeve. This pouch is then connected to the small intestines that are rerouted for quick digestion. For those who have significant amounts of weight to lose, this is typically the best option.
Those who don’t want dramatic obesity surgery may opt for the gastric band. This procedure causes no permanent alterations to the body. A silicone ring is placed around the stomach to create a smaller pouch. Adjustment of the band can regulate the amount of internal saline to help increase or decrease weight loss.
If you’re curious about obesity surgery and want to know what option is best for you, let our team at The Center for Metabolic and Obesity Surgery help you decide. Our staff will happily explain the workings of each procedure and get you on the road to improved and continued well-being. Contact us today to book an appointment in Maitland.
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