Our highly trained and experienced bariatric surgeons will consult with you to help you decide if bariatric surgery is right for you. Our expert staff partners with you through every phase of your care, from preparing you for your surgery through recovery to providing you with the knowledge, resources and support that will help you achieve lasting weight loss. Obesity presents a special concern, because obese individuals are at increased risk for developing serious health problems (co-morbidities) such as:
If you are obese and have not been able to lose weight through diet and exercise, you may be a candidate for bariatric (weight loss) surgery.
Bariatric surgery causes weight loss by either reducing the amount of food the stomach can hold (with restrictive surgical procedures) and/or reducing calories absorbed (with malabsorbtive surgical procedures).
Bariatric surgery has been shown to improve and often resolve the co-morbidities associated with obesity. Beyond its health benefits, the weight loss that results from bariatric surgery enhances energy, mobility, mood, self-esteem, and increases the desire and ability to engage in a variety of activities.
While bariatric surgery can be the first step to a healthier and happier quality of life, it is not for everyone. Individuals who undergo bariatric surgery must commit to a lifetime of healthy eating and regular exercise in order to maintain weight loss after surgery.
Severe obesity is determined by body mass index (BMI), which is a measure of height in relation to weight. You are a candidate for bariatric surgery if you have a:
Additionally, candidates for bariatric surgery have made multiple attempts to lose weight without long-term success and are willing to make lasting changes to their diet, exercise and lifestyle patterns.
At CareMount Medical, our bariatric surgeons perform the following bariatric surgery procedures using a minimally invasive approach that involves a specialized camera (laparoscope) to view the stomach and small abdominal incisions:
Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric Bypass
A small stomach pouch is created by stapling part of the stomach together or by vertical banding, which restricts the amount of food you can eat. Next, a Y-shaped section of the small intestine is attached to the pouch, which creates a bypass for food, thereby affecting how the digestive tract absorbs food. This procedure suppresses hunger, improves satiety, and reverses one of the primary mechanisms by which obesity induces type 2 diabetes. Most patients can go home within 48 hours after surgery.
Laparoscopic Lap Band (Gastric Banding)
An adjustable gastric band is wrapped around the upper part of the patient’s stomach and is inflated, which restricts the passage of food into and through the stomach and reduces the amount you need to eat in order to feel full. The lap band is inflated in an outpatient setting in established increments, thereby decreasing the amount of food consumed. This is a same-day procedure.
Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy (Gastric Sleeve)
The stomach is re-shaped from a pouch-like shape into a long tube, or “sleeve.” The surgery reduces the stomach’s capacity and preserves the pyloric valve, allowing the normal process of the stomach to empty into the small intestine. The surgery causes hormonal changes that reduce hunger and increase satiety, and is an effective treatment to reduce obesity-induced type 2 diabetes. Most patients can go home within 24 hours after surgery.
Laparoscopic Biliopancreatic Siversion / Duodenal Switch
This complex surgery combines a two-part procedure that involves the creation of a smaller, tubular stomach pouch (similar to the sleeve gastrectomy) and the bypass of a large portion of the small intestine. This surgery makes patients feel fuller sooner and affects how the body digests food and absorbs calories. The surgery reduces appetite, improves satiety and is a highly effective treatment to reduce obesity-induced type 2 diabetes. Most patients can go home after surgery within 48 hours.
Each bariatric surgery procedure has its own set of benefits and risks and is appropriate for certain individuals. To help you determine which procedure is right for you, our bariatric surgeons will meet with you to fully explain each procedure so that you can make an informed decision about the procedure that will best meet your health needs, weight loss goals and lifestyle.