Different Surgical Procedures for Weight Loss

Different Surgical Procedures for Weight Loss

Approximately 40% of the adult population in the United States has obesity – a disease involving extra fat in the body. Obesity alters your physical appearance and puts you at risk of medical conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes and osteoarthritis. If you are obese, regular physical exercise combined with dietary changes may help you shed off some extra pounds. However, sometimes you may need the help of your general surgeon in Valhalla, NY, if lifestyle modifications prove futile. In most cases, surgical interventions are an option only if there is no significant weight reduction with non-surgical approaches. Here are examples of bariatric surgeries that your surgeon may use.

Gastric banding

For this weight-loss surgery, your surgeon uses a silicone band to reduce the size of your stomach. It is situated on the upper part of the stomach, creating a small ouch above it. The tightness of the band can always be adjusted using a port that is located outside. The reduced stomach size makes you get a feeling of fullness after taking small portions of food. The overall effect of gastric banding is reduced hunger and overall food intake. The band does not interfere with food digestion and absorption. Other benefits of gastric banding include low chances of infections and a short recovery period.

Intragastric balloon placement

Intragastric balloon placement is surgery that involves placing a balloon in your stomach to limit the amount of food you can eat and make you full faster. The balloon contains saline, and during the process, the doctor uses an endoscope to see inside the balloon. Surgery alone may not be effective as patients need to make permanent lifestyle modifications such as dietary changes and regular exercise to benefit from long-term results. Since intragastric balloons are not an option for everyone, a consultation with your doctor may help determine whether you are suitable for this weight-loss surgery. Patients who have had previous stomach surgery may not be eligible for intragastric balloon placement.

Gastric sleeve

It involves removing a large part of the stomach, leaving a banana or tube-shaped pouch. Specialists use a laparoscope to conduct the procedure, and this device is inserted through tiny incisions on your upper abdomen. The procedure significantly reduces the stomach size, resulting in less food intake and faster satisfaction. While gastric sleeve surgery may help with weight loss, it may cause malnutrition in the long run. Other risks linked with this procedure include infection, excessive bleeding, gastrointestinal obstruction, and hernias. Patients require frequent medical check-ups during the first several months after surgery.

Gastric bypass

Gastric bypass is a surgical procedure where your specialist makes a small pouch out of your stomach and connects it directly to the small intestines. By doing this, food bypasses some parts of the stomach and small intestines, limiting the body’s calories. Like other weight loss procedures, you still need to make lifestyle changes such as eating healthy meals. Most patients experience rapid weight loss in the first three to six months.

Not only does losing weight define your body, but it also reduces your risk of conditions like diabetes, heart diseases, sleep apnea, and hypertension. Consult with your specialist today at Advanced Surgeons to determine which weight-loss surgery options best suit you. 

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