Bariatric surgery is currently one of the best treatment options for severe obesity. The National Institute of Health says:
“Weight loss surgery for the morbidly obese, when combined with behavior modification, is currently the most reliable and only choice for long term maintenance of excess weight loss.”
We understand the multiple attempts you’ve tried to combat your weight, so we’re passionate about offering you an option that can improve your life and overall well-being. Surgery may not be for everyone, but it is effective when combined with diet and exercise for those individuals that are more than 80 lbs. over their ideal body weight. Other eligibility guidelines include:
- BMI above 40, or 35-40 with at least 1 significant co-morbidity
- Documentation of a previously managed weight-loss program (Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, PPG – Weight Management, etc.)
- Healthy enough to undergo a major operation
- Understands surgery and risks
- Absence of drug and alcohol abuse for one year
- No uncontrolled psychological conditions for one year
- Approval of PPG – Weight Management & Bariatric Surgery clinicians
- Dedicated to lifestyle change and lifetime follow-up
- Commitment to attend all scheduled appointments
Surgical weight loss procedures
PPG – Weight Management & Bariatric Surgery offers the following surgical weight loss procedures. We are here to help you understand the differences between the procedures and what is best for your lifestyle.
Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass
One of the most popular and successful surgical approaches to weight loss surgery is the Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass, which is considered the ‘gold standard’ of all bariatric procedures. This procedure involves modification of the stomach into a small upper pouch so that only a small amount of food can be eaten at one time. Food is routed past much of the stomach and into the first part of the small intestine. Weight loss is typically dramatic, and co-morbidities can be reduced by 80-90%. This procedure is performed laparoscopically.
Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy
With this procedure, approximately 75% of the stomach is removed, leaving behind a smaller, tube-shaped stomach or “sleeve.” This new, smaller stomach limits the amount of food that is consumed so that you feel full. This leads to substantial weight loss and the resolution of many comorbidities, such as Type II diabetes. The advantages of this procedure include significant weight loss, no implantation of an artificial device, low risk of nutrient deficiencies, does not require frequent follow up adjustments, and does not involve rerouting of the intestines. This procedure is performed laparoscopically.