Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery
Weight Loss and Wellness Center is proud to provide New Jersey residents with many different options for weight loss surgery. If you’ve had trouble losing weight, and keeping it off, using traditional methods, bariatric surgery can get your health – and life – back on track. Read on to learn more about bariatric surgery options at the Weight Loss and Wellness Center.
Benefits and Risks of Bariatric Surgery
There are many benefits to bariatric surgery for those who struggle with severe obesity and can’t keep their weight down through diet and exercise alone. Not only does bariatric surgery come with the benefit of weight loss, it can also reduce the impacts of the following health conditions:
- Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Type 2 diabetes
- Severe sleep apnea
When surgery is properly conducted, there are very few risks associated with this surgery. In fact, the risks from obesity are far greater than those of undergoing bariatric surgery. The biggest risk associated with this procedure is gaining lost weight back after surgery. If you’ve undergone a weight loss surgery before and are not satisfied with the results, we can help. See our options for Revisional Surgery here.
Types of Bariatric Surgery
Bariatric surgery alters your digestive system by reducing the number of calories you can ingest or by inhibiting nutrient absorption. Patients can expect to lose around 60 percent of their excess body fat, or about 80 pounds, a year after their surgery. There are other benefits of bariatric surgery as well; a study has found that, after a bariatric procedure, patients with heart conditions had a 73% reduced risk of heart failure.
At the Weight Loss and Wellness Center, we have many options for bariatric surgery and work to find the best option for you and your body. The main three procedures we perform are detailed below.
During your gastric bypass procedure, the surgeon cuts across the top of your stomach to create a much smaller pouch, about the size of a walnut. The new pouch is connected to the small intestine. The pouch only holds about an ounce of food, which is far smaller than the three pints of food your stomach can usually hold. This procedure will help you feel faster, while restricting the amount of nutrients you can absorb.
Lap Band Surgery
A Lap Band Surgery, also called LAGB surgery, is the simplest surgical weight loss surgery. This procedure limits the amount of food you can ingest. During the procedure, the surgeon places an inflatable band around the top portion of the stomach. After the band inflates, it tightens around the stomach, separating it into two parts. The surgeon can adjust the lap band to allow more or less food to enter.
A Sleeve Gastrectomy involves stapling the stomach and the remaining area is removed, resulting in a smaller stomach size. This limits the amount of food that can be eaten at once. This can help patients keep weight off long-term.
What are the requirements for bariatric surgery?
Bariatric surgery is not for everyone. To qualify for bariatric surgery at the Weight Loss and Wellness Center, you must meet the following criteria:
- Have a Body Mass Index (BMI) over 40. You can calculate your BMI here; or
- Have a BMI of 35 to 35.9 with accompanying life-threatening health problems like Type 2 diabetes, severe sleep apnea, and high blood pressure.
We also recommend that those who are pursuing bariatric surgery are interested in making permanent changes to live a healthier lifestyle. This surgery is just the first step to take to changing the course of your life and taking you through your weight loss journey.
The Recovery Process
After bariatric surgery, you’ll typically stay in the hospital for three days. You won’t be allowed to eat for most of your hospital stay to allow your stomach to fully heal. After you get home, you’ll follow a strict diet for about three months. The diet starts as liquid, then soft or ground food, finally moving on to solid food. You may have further restrictions on the types of food and drink you’re allowed.
If you’ve been wondering if weight loss surgery is right for you, contact Weight Loss and Wellness Center today to come up with weight loss plan that works for you. Request a consultation here or call us at (973) 888-1085