Weight Loss Surgery Options
There are many weight loss surgery options. Weight loss surgery can be an enormous decision, one that will change the way you eat, exercise, and live for the rest of your life. Deciding to take the first steps is a big commitment, but it's only the first of many in what may be a long journey to a healthy weight. When you are interested in exploring what surgery can do for you and your body, understanding your options is often among the most critical parts of the preparation process.
While the phrase weight loss surgery is common, it doesn't actually describe one single procedure; there are actually many different weight loss surgery options that can accomplish similar outcomes, reducing the amount of food you are able to eat, decreasing your appetite, and encouraging healthy, natural weight loss. At Clovis Community Weight-Loss Service Center, our surgeons are experts in several select bariatric procedures, including Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass, Adjustable Gastric Band and Sleeve Gastrectomy.
Adjustable Gastric Band
Gastric Bypass - The first major, popular form of bariatric surgery introduced in the 1950s for weight loss treatment, a gastric bypass involves a reduction in the size of the stomach using staples or a plastic band. This new, smaller pocket of stomach is then connected to the middle portion of the small intestine, keeping food from entering the rest of the stomach and reducing the amount of food that can be consumed in a single sitting. In this procedure, no part of the stomach or small intestine is removed. Reversal, while possible, is fairly complex and requires an additional invasive surgery in order to complete.
Adjustable Gastric Band - With an adjustable gastric band, a small band is placed around the top of the stomach, restricting the amount of food that can be consumed. This band slows the passage into the rest of the stomach, and when the small pouch remaining at the top of the stomach is full, the patient will feel full. This surgery is generally easier for recovery, as it does not involve cutting or removing part of the digestive tract. A gastric band can be removed, making this option among the most reversible of currently available bariatric procedures.
Sleeve Gastrectomy - A sleeve gastrectomy is the most radical of these options; during surgery, roughly 85% of the stomach is removed, leaving a small sleeve-shaped pocket remaining. With a physically smaller stomach, patients are forced to eat less and feel full faster, leading to successful weight loss. Unlike other alternatives, sleeve gastrectomy patients are less likely to suffer from absorption deficiencies and "dumping" symptoms. Due to the removal of a part of the stomach, this procedure cannot be reversed and is generally seen as permanent. However, the stomach can stretch over time, leading to the potential for weight gain when dietary restrictions aren't followed.
As with most things in life, all of your weight loss surgical options have pros and cons. If you are a candidate for weight loss surgery, our physician team will help you evaluate your options, recommending the surgical opportunity that will benefit you most. Not all surgical options will be right for everyone, but at Clovis Community Weight-Loss Service Center, we'll do our best to find you your perfect fit. Click on the images above to learn more!
If you want to explore weight loss surgery options, our team is happy to help. To schedule your consultation, contact us today at 1-800-260-0663 or complete the form on our contact us page.