Surgical Weight-Loss Options

While the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports obesity affects more than one-third of all U.S. adults, it really hits home when it affects you. If you’re struggling, especially when your weight makes it difficult to exercise and diet, it may be time for another approach.

Bariatric surgery, also known as weight-loss surgery or a surgical weight-loss program, can give you a fresh start. It can help you reach a physical state where diet and exercise makes a real impact in less time. A continual dedication to goals helps you keep the weight off in the long term after surgery.

The weight-loss surgery options below vary on a case-by-case basis. Your surgeon will discuss if you qualify and determine the surgery that is best for you.

Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy

What is laparoscopic surgery? During this minimally invasive surgery, your surgeon removes part of your stomach, creating a long and slender sleeve shape – hence the gastric sleeve name. This reduces intake but allows you to absorb all the nutrients from the foods you eat.

This procedure is usually done after typical attempts to lose weight via diet and exercise are unsuccessful, and is an option for candidates whose Body Mass Index (BMI) is 40 or more (classified as extreme obesity) OR your BMI is above 35 and you have a serious health problem related to weight.

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Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass

Creates a small pouch from the top segment of your stomach and connects it to the small intestine. This bypasses the majority of the stomach, making you feel full after eating significantly less.

The requirements for those qualified for laparoscopic gastric bypass are the same as those for laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy. This procedure is usually done after typical attempts to lose weight via diet and exercise are unsuccessful and is an option for candidates whose Body Mass Index (BMI) is 40 or more (classified as extreme obesity) OR your BMI is above 35 and you have a serious health problem related to weight.

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Gastric Band

The least invasive bariatric procedure, it attaches adjustable gastric banding around the top part of the stomach to help limit the amount of food the stomach holds and slow the digestive process.

Patients who are qualified for a gastric band differ from the prior listed weight-loss options, as this is only approved for candidates with a BMI between 35 and 39.9.

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Hiatal Hernia

While there are several reasons for hiatal hernia surgery, the Surgical Weight Control Center provides procedures for those with a hiatal hernia after gastric sleeve surgery. The uncomfortable condition can cause heartburn, hiccups, trouble swallowing and breathing, coughing and, in serious cases, chronic bronchitis and pneumonia.

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Gastric Revision

A gastric sleeve revision typically takes place due to complications from a sleeve gastrectomy. Those who have acid-reflux, painful swallowing, lack of weight loss or solid food intolerance after a sleeve gastrectomy should talk to a weight-loss team about a gastric revision.

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