Bariatric surgery is an option for severely obese people who have struggled
to lose weight with traditional dieting and exercising. In many cases
it is more than an alternative weight loss solution; it is a way to improve
one's health and quality of life.
Bariatric surgery is right for people with a body mass index (BMI) of 40
or higher (about 100 pounds overweight). There are several types of this
surgery, but they all have the same goals: To limit the patient’s
food intake by making the stomach smaller or to limit the amount of food
the body absorbs through the intestines.
There are many different approaches and types of bariatric surgery, and
it is important to understand the differences. Each procedure has advantages
and disadvantages, so patients must carefully choose the one that is best for them.
A band is wrapped around the upper part of the stomach to reduce its size.
This technique uses staples to transform the stomach into a thinner, vertical shape.
A small stomach pouch is created which limits the amount of food that can
be eaten at one time.
This procedure removes part of the stomach and bypasses a section of the
Patients who have bariatric surgery lose weight quickly and continue to
do so for 18-36 months. They enjoy an array of benefits including overcoming
diabetes, lower cholesterol and blood pressure, improvement of sleep apnea,
increased energy, enhanced self-esteem, and a more active lifestyle.
Patients Must Do Their Part
Bariatric surgery can work wonders, but patients must do their part by
sticking with a strict dietary regimen, vitamin supplements for proper
nutrition, regular exercise, and physician visits. Choosing to have this
procedure is a life-changing decision and patients must weigh the risks
as well as the benefits.
Patients who are appropriate for the procedure achieve excellent outcomes
at Saint Francis Healthcare, which was honored as a Bariatric Surgery
Center of Excellence by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.
To make an appointment or for more information, call Saint Francis Healthcare