About Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric Surgery is necessary when a portion of the stomach has to surgically be removed, the size of the stomach is reduced by using a gastric band when the patient has reached the point of severe obesity. Although there have been many reports of successful weight loss stories following this procedure, this surgery has no reports of increasing longevity of ones’ life.

This surgery is usually advised or prescribed when the obese patient has reached a BMI of 40kg/m2 or more, while in some cases patients with even a BMI of 30-35 have had much success with bariatric surgery.

If you are unsure whether or not you are candidate for this kind type of procedure ask yourself:

  • Is your BMI 30-40kg/m2 or greater?
  • Have you failed to have a routine diet and fitness regime?
  • Do you suffer from the following medical issues- hyperextension, glucose intolerance or allergic reaction, diabetic symptoms like no longer being able to produce insulin, a reported high concentration of fats in your blood stream or sleep apnea?

There are many classifications of this surgery to successfully treat your specific health conditions. Lets briefly go through them!

  • malabsorption procedure- an imperfect or smaller absorption space for food in the smaller intestine
  • Biliopancreatic diversion- a smaller stomach is created in order to correct malabsorption of nutrients from foods
  • Predominantly restrictive procedures- literally limiting gastric volume so the patient can reach satiation at a much quicker pace
  • Vertical banded gastroplasty or “stomach stapling”- the stomach is stapled in order to create a smaller stomach
  • Adjustable gastric band- restricting the stomach with a band that ultimately limits nutrient intake by limiting the space in which it can travel
  • Sleeve gastrectomy- stapling the stomach into the shape of sleeve or banana shape, reducing 15% of the stomachs’ original size
  • Intragastric balloon- the insertion of a balloon in the stomach followed by filing the balloon in order to limit the stomach’s gastric space
  • Gastric plication- reducing the stomach to a smaller size in order to only salvage enough space for nutrient absorption and for the person to reach complete satiation at a faster pace
  • Gastric bypass surgery- a permanent procedure that reduces the overall size of the stomach in order to ingest less food consumption and reach desired weight loss goals
  • Sleeve gastrectomy with duodenal switch- this switch is added to just restricting the size of the stomach through stapling by reducing of 70% of the gastric volume of the stomach
  • Implantable gastric stimulation- this has been nicknamed the “pacemaker for the stomach” sending electrical signals to the outer wall of the stomach that has been proven to translate signals to the nervous system soon followed by the brain that signals satiation

These may look scary but do not fear! Many patients have reached successful weight loss with all of the above procedures but no one surgery is for everyone! In order to explore and be definite about which procedure may be beneficial or life saving to you or a loved one, all you need is help from our group of professionals experienced in the subject of Bariatric Surgery who can help you identify which procedure would be most successful for you based on your current health conditions. Reach out to us by phone or email (whichever you are most comfortable with) and we can help you get the help with going forward with treatment so you can reach weight loss pain free and live your life again!

When you are ready, look through our directory and find and contact a professional who is well versed with types, side effects, benefits and how to eat around Bariatric Surgery! We have provided a directory to help you receive the best possible care to reach recovery and heal your body. Just one phone call or email away can help you get started on getting results right away! Call someone today 🙂