Bariatric Surgery (Weight Loss Surgery)
Surgery is the most effective tool to achieve and maintain weight loss in patients who need to lose a large amount of weight. Bariatric surgery and the resulting weight loss can improve or resolve many co-morbid medical conditions such as; type II diabetes, high blood pressure, reflux (GERD), cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol, obstructive sleep apnea or prevent them before they start. Our goal is to help you achieve a healthier lifestyle, reach your weight loss goals, and improve your quality of life for years to come.
Types of Bariatric Surgery
Bariatric surgery is routinely performed using laparoscopic techniques, which involves making 4-5 small ½ inch long incisions to perform the procedure. This allows for less pain and typically only an overnight hospitalization. The following procedures are types of bariatric surgeries offered at our practice.
Gastric Bypass Gastric Sleeve Lap Band
What can I expect after surgery?
There are several lifestyle changes that patients need to make to be successful with bariatric surgery. We will help prepare you for those changes by meeting with our surgeon, nurses, and coordinate your care with dieticians and other medical personnel along the way.
After surgery patients are discharged home on a liquid diet for the first few weeks. This is necessary to allow the stomach to heal. Gradually patients progress to a puree and soft diet over several weeks. When starting back on regular food it is necessary to chew all food to an applesauce consistency. The volume of food a patient consumes is very different than what most people eat. Patients are encouraged to eat slowly & chew each small bite extremely well. It should take approximately 20-30 minutes to eat a meal. Patients are asked to make these changes prior to surgery to better prepare for the surgery and be sure they will be able to make the necessary changes for long term success.
Bariatric surgery is a tool used to assist in weight loss. It is important to make lifestyle changes for the best long term outcome. Prior to and after surgery patients are asked to make the following changes:
- Exercise at least 30 minutes daily (30 minute brisk walk or equivalent)
- Vitamin supplementation-Daily vitamins and supplements are required for the remainder of your life after bariatric surgery. This is important to prevent malnutrition.
- No alcohol or tobacco use
- Medication modifications may be required—changing to a crushable or liquid form in some cases.
- No ibuprofen or NSAID’s for the remainder of your life
- No drinking liquids with meals
- Yearly checkups and labs with your surgeon for the remainder of your life
Who is a candidate for surgery?
- BMI >40 or BMI >35 with related medical conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, or reflux.
- Healthy enough for surgery
- Understanding of bariatric surgery and its risks
- Good support system from family/friends
- Motivated and capable of making long term changes in lifestyle
- Willing and able to participate in long-term follow up care
- No chemical or alcohol dependency
- No smoking at least 6 months prior to surgery
- No active Hepatitis C
- Avoid pregnancy for at least 1-2 years after surgery
***Please check with your insurance company to see if you have a bariatric surgery benefit as part of your medical plan.