Weight loss surgery has a profound impact on patients’ lives in terms of the number of pounds lost, improvement of health and quality of life. A person who is successful with weight loss is move active and typically feels better mentally and physically. Many health conditions such as high blood pressure, sleep apnea, diabetes, arthritis and high cholesterol are either resolved or improved with weight loss.
Surgery to assist with losing weight should be considered for those who are severely obese after exhausting other methods to try to lose weight and for those who have a disease that is obesity related. To start the process to determine if you are a good candidate for weight loss surgery, answer the following questions:
- Are you determined to lose weight to improve your health?
- Have you tried other non-surgical options and failed to lose weight or keep the weight off?
- Do you understand what surgical weight loss is and its side effects?
- Are you aware of the potential for serious complications and dietary restrictions?
- Sleeve gastrectomy surgery – reduces the size of the stomach by about 25% from its original size. A large portion of the stomach is removed leaving the stomach in a sleeve or tube-like structure.
- Lap band surgery – a small adjustable band is placed around the stomach that reduces the amount of food it can hold which reduces the appetite and causes you to eat smaller meals. This surgery is also the shortest bariatric procedure.
- Laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery – a minimally invasive surgery that divides the stomach into two sections: a larger and smaller pouch. This allows food to be bypassed so less calories are consumed.