If you are obese and have any of the associated health problems that go along with obesity, you may be thinking about weight-loss surgery. Weight-loss surgery can help you:
- lose weight
- improve or eliminate many health problems
- improve your quality of life
- live longer
Weight-loss surgery is definitely not the easy way out, but with innovative minimally invasive procedures available, the surgery and recovery won’t be the hardest part either. Adoption of minimally invasive procedures is increasing, with millions performed in the U.S. every year. The typical reasons are:
- smaller incisions
- less pain and scarring
- fewer complications
- shorter hospital stays
- faster recoveries
The 3 most common bariatric surgeries are:
- Gastric Bypass – The Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass is one of the most frequently performed procedures for morbid obesity. It restricts food intake, utilizing restrictive and malabsorptive surgery techniques, which prevents the body from absorbing calories and nutrients. Aside from creating a smaller stomach pouch, the overall digestive process of the body is changed so that food will bypass the large part of the stomach and most of the small intestine.
- Gastric Band – For this procedure, a band is placed around the uppermost part of the stomach, dividing it into two parts—a small upper pouch and a lower stomach. The small upper pouch can only now hold about ½ cup of food, so the patient will eat less, feel full sooner and stay satisfied for longer.
- Sleeve Gastrectomy – This restrictive surgical weight loss procedure limits the amount of food patients can eat and makes them feel full quicker. During the procedure, a thin, vertical, banana-sized sleeve of stomach is created and the rest of the stomach is removed.
All three of these bariatric procedures can be performed laparoscopically using minimally invasive techniques. These innovative techniques have been scientifically validated as an alternative to conventional surgery for many patients.
It’s no surprise that more and more patients are asking their doctors about these less invasive techniques. If you live in the Las Vegas area and are considering weight-loss surgery, schedule a consultation with Dr. Heidi Ryan to talk about your surgical options.