Which Weight Loss Surgery is Right for You?
Choosing which weight loss surgery is the best for you is not easy, there are many options. Surgery of any kind is not to be taken lightly, but when it comes to weight issues, there are three simple procedures that can, quite frankly, save your life.
If you need help with obesity, you’re not alone. 1 in 3 Americans are in the same fight. At IBI Healthcare Institute, we offer various weight loss surgeries including gastric bypass, gastric balloon, and gastric sleeve.
These surgeries help you lose weight, and keep it off, giving you a new lease on a healthier, more active life, free from the numerous health complications that come with being higher weight.
So, the question isn’t whether we can help you with your weight problem, but how. Here’s what we tell our patients in Buckhead, Loganville, and Atlanta, Georgia, about each of these surgeries to help them decide which one is right for them.
What is Roux en y Gastric Bypass Surgery?
While we always caution against shortcuts when it comes to dieting, this is one shortcut that may benefit you. In a gastric bypass surgery (also referred to as roux en y or roux en y gastric bypass), we divide your stomach into two parts: an upper part called a pouch and a lower half. With the lower half sealed off, your “new” stomach holds a very small amount of food — less than one ounce.
Furthermore, we create a connection between your pouch and a section of your small intestine to enhance digestion. This allows for direct passage of food from the pouch into the small intestine, resulting in reduced calorie absorption. By bypassing a portion of the digestive tract, your body absorbs less energy and nutrients.
And with a smaller stomach, you’ll feel full much faster, because a large portion of your stomach has been taken out of the picture, or bypassed, as it were.
Gastric sleeve Surgery
Gastric sleeve surgery is a highly effective bariatric surgery that involves the removal of 80% of the stomach. This surgical intervention aids in suppressing hunger while enhancing feelings of fullness during meals.
Picture your stomach as a wide C-shaped curve, which rests in between your esophagus and your small intestine. Our bariatric surgery removes outer curve of stomach, significantly reducing its size.
After your gastric sleeve procedure, you’ll not only feel much fuller after you eat because of the smaller size of your stomach, you’ll feel less hungry because your smaller stomach doesn’t release as many hunger-causing hormones.
A gastric band, or lap band, is one of the simplest procedures we offer. We place a stomach band to reduce stomach size, allowing you to feel full with small food portions. The band allows food to pass to your intestines, promoting slow digestion.
We can adjust the band down the road to allow less or more food to pass through, depending upon how your body reacts to the procedure.
Which weight loss surgery: Making the choice
Each procedure has its own set of pros and cons, which makes choosing the right one for your situation important. Here at our practice, we review your current health, your eating habits, and your goals. With those in mind, we sit down and review your options.
Each of the surgeries is just that — a bariatric surgery. So we need to take into account what type will work best for you. If you have pre-existing medical conditions, we need to choose the least invasive procedure possible, which is the gastric band. If you’re healthy enough to undergo a slightly more invasive and longer procedure, we can discuss both the sleeve and the bypass.
And while these surgeries are life-savers in terms of being able to quickly and permanently address your weight issues, you still need to do your part at home. Get up and move around to help you shed the pounds more quickly. And make sure that the smaller amount you eat is delivering the right nutrients for your healthier, slimmer body.
Experience a rejuvenating boost to your overall well-being with quick and transformative procedures that will uplift your mind and body.
To explore which weight loss surgery is suitable for you, please give us a call. Alternatively, you can use the online scheduling tool on this website to request an appointment.