Bariatric surgery isn’t a cosmetic procedure like liposuction or a tummy tuck. Bariatric surgery is designed for those with a body mass index equal to or greater than 40, or equal to or greater than 35 with serious co-morbidities. It helps patients lose weight by limiting the amount of food intake (restriction) and causing some of the food to be poorly digested and incompletely absorbed (malabsorption).
Today there are several surgical options for weight loss. You and your surgeon must evaluate the procedures and decide which one is right for you. Results achieved by patients must be independently evaluated and managed. Actual weight loss will vary.
Gastric bypass surgery is a combination procedure that uses both restriction and malabsorption to achieve weight loss. The most common type of gastric bypass is called the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass.
The LAP-BAND® System is an adjustable silicone elastomer band that is surgically placed around the stomach. The band is designed to limit food intake, and when accompanied by dietary and lifestyle changes, the LAP-BAND Adjustable Gastric Banding System may promote lifelong weight loss.
Bariatric patients now have another option for weight loss surgery called sleeve gastrectomy. The procedure is actually the first step of a two-part treatment that later can be revised to a gastric bypass.
What Are the Benefits of Gastric Bypass Surgery?
The surgery is an accepted long-term weight control tool with established health benefits.
Who Is a Candidate for Weight Loss Surgery?
To be accepted for weight loss surgery (such as gastric bypass surgery), you need to meet certain criteria.
Bariatric Surgical Risks
Bariatric surgery has risks.
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Bariatric surgeries are not without severe risks including death and should only be considered as a last resort for weight loss. Weight loss varies according to the individual. This surgery is designed for those with a body mass index equal to or greater than 40, or equal to or greater than 35 with serious co-morbidities.