Weight loss surgery can help you fulfill your weight loss goals!
Dr. Wiljon Beltre, Board certified surgeon at The Center for Metabolic and Obesity Surgery, located in Maitland, Florida (next door to travel hotspot Orlando), believes that the sleeve gastrectomy (gastric sleeve) offers an affordable, highly effective choice for many patients seeking a surgical option to enable significant weight loss. However, this form of surgery may not be appropriate for every patient.
Because every patient is unique, with a unique metabolism and medical history, Dr. Beltre never approaches metabolic surgery with a one-size-fits-all approach. His goal is to ensure that every patient achieves real, significant weight loss with the surgical approach that best matches each individual’s needs. After your initial consultation and a review of your medical records, Dr. Beltre will help you understand the full range of surgical options available to you and help you select the option best suited to achieve your goals.
Weight Loss Surgery Options Available at The Center for Metabolic and Obesity Surgery
In addition to the sleeve gastrectomy, Dr. Beltre performs all forms of today’s advanced metabolic surgery options. Each type of surgery effectively enables significant weight loss and many of these options can now be performed laparoscopically, with less risk and discomfort than previous “stomach stapling” procedures. However, each method varies in its level of invasiveness and the ways in which it facilitates weight loss. Generally speaking, less invasive procedures facilitate slower, less dramatic weight loss, while highly invasive procedures facilitate quicker, more dramatic results.
Gastric Band, or the laparoscopic adjustable gastric band (LAGB): This is the safest and least invasive form of weight loss surgery and does not involve permanent alterations to the size and shape of the stomach or intestines. During gastric band surgery, an adjustable band is placed around the top of the stomach. Over time, food intake is gradually reduced by regularly adjusting the size of the stomach. Significant weight loss is possible with this type of surgery; however, weight loss tends to be more gradual.
Gastric Bypass: The gastric bypass procedure facilitates weight loss in two different, but complimentary ways: (1) by controlling portion size and suppressing the appetite, you will feel full more quickly and eat less; and (2) your body will absorb fewer calories because the food passes through less of the intestine. The procedure involves dividing the stomach into two parts using surgical staples. The small intestine is then cut and the lower part of the intestine attached to the small, upper portion of the stomach. For most patients, this procedure can be performed laparoscopically, minimizing the risk of complications and side effects.
Biliopancreatic Diversion (BPD): BPD is a malabsorptive surgery that works by limiting the amount of energy your body can absorb from food. It involves removing the lower two-thirds of the stomach, as well as the upper part of the small intestine where most digestion usually occurs (the duodenum). The remaining stomach “pouch” is reattached further down the intestine, bypassing a significant amount of the small intestine. This procedure enables portion sizes to be greater, but carries a greater risk of “dumping syndrome” than the BPD/DS (see next paragraph).
Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch (BPD/DS): This procedure is both malabsorptive and restrictive, meaning it both limits your food intake and decreases the amount of energy the body absorbs from food. Instead of removing the lower portion of the stomach, this procedure removes the left side of the stomach, restricting the side of the stomach to more aggressively limit food intake. The small intestine is severed below the duodenum and reattached lower down the digestive tract, shortening the distance through which food passes along the digestive tract. BPD/DS requires strict life-long adherence to a regimented diet, but involves less risk of “dumping syndrome” and ulcers. The BPD, with or without DS, requires life-time commitment to regular intake of vitamin supplements and a high-protein, low-fat diet in order to diminish the risk of nutritional and vitamin deficiencies.
Contact The Center for Metabolic and Obesity Surgery
Board certified surgeon Dr. Wiljon Beltre at The Center for Metabolic and Obesity Surgery in Maitland, Florida (neighboring Orlando, FL) has made it his life’s passion to help individuals like you achieve their weight loss goals safely and successfully. Whether you have come from central Florida or traveled half-way—or even all the way—across the country, our goal is offer a weight loss surgery option that is as safe, as effective, and as affordable as we can possibly make it.
Significant, long-term, successful weight loss is not easy. Even with the help of metabolic surgery, losing the weight and keeping it off requires a life-long commitment to serious lifestyle changes and hard work. But with the help of Dr. Beltre and our dedicated team of caring, experienced specialists, success is possible!
If you are interested in learning more about the variety of metabolic surgery options available at The Center for Metabolic and Obesity Surgery, we encourage you to contact our office to start the process today!
Call 321-499-6505 or Click Here to schedule a phone or video consultation with Dr. Beltre.