Bariatric surgery works by limiting food intake and/or interfering with the body’s ability to absorb food. Weight loss of more than 50 percent excess body weight has been seen in patients 10 years after surgery, and most patients see a dramatic change in lifestyle and overall health.
Am I a candidate?
Surgery may be appropriate for individuals who:
- Have not been able to achieve or maintain a healthy weight through diet and exercise
- Have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher
- Have a BMI of 30-39 and also have a serious weight-related health problem, such as diabetes or high blood pressure
Surgical Options we offer:
(Adjustable gastric band surgery)
- A silicone band is placed around the upper part of the stomach, creating a pouch that holds less food and helps the patient feel full quickly. The band can be adjusted later.
, or the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass
- The bowel is cut and rerouted to create a small pouch that releases food slowly, creating a full sensation after eating very little food.
with a duodenal switch
Gastric sleeve surgery
- Part of the stomach is removed and then the stomach is connected to a lower segment of the small intestines. The food eaten then bypasses much of the small intestine, meaning fewer calories are absorbed.
- About 85 percent of the stomach is removed laparoscopically and the stomach is sealed into a narrow tube or “sleeve.” The quantity of food the patient can consume is greatly reduced.
You and your physician will decide which procedure is right for you.
What is my BMI?
To calculate your BMI, by using the following formula: