Bariatric surgery is a blanket term for a number of procedures designed to make weight loss less difficult. It is important to realize these procedures are never an “easy way out”; as anyone who has tried to lose a significant amount of weight or studied the statistics on weight loss knows, there is no such thing.
What these procedures do, however, is address the persistent pangs of hunger and appetite which sabotage the large majority of efforts at defeating obesity over the long long-term by making overeating less comfortable and often actually reducing nagging urges to overeat. Bariatric surgeries don’t make weight loss easy, they make it achievable.
Increasingly, bariatric procedures performed today fall into two categories. They are:
Sleeve Gastrectomy. By far the most common procedure performed at the present time, this surgery removes roughly 75-85% of the patient’s stomach. This procedure is less radical than earlier techniques while also boasting a very high rate of safety and effectiveness in terms of encouraging significant and permanent weight loss. This procedure is highly effective because it works in two separate ways. First, making the stomach smaller makes it uncomfortable to overeat, reducing appetite. Second, it removes the portion of the stomach that appears to be largely responsible for the production of ghrelin, the “hunger hormone” that appears to be responsible for the constant urges to eat that plague nearly all serious dieters
Gastric Bypass. The oldest of the most popular bariatric procedures has developed an outstanding track record of effectiveness, but it has become less common as it is also the most radical procedure. It creates a very small stomach pouch, about the size of an egg, which is surgically attached to the small intestine. This means that not only is overeating uncomfortable, very unpleasant reactions can occur in the digestive track if the patient eats too much of certain kinds of food. Patients who get this procedure need to watch their nutrition carefully and use the right kind of supplementation.
Bariatric surgery is intended for patients who are considered severely obese. Severely obese individuals are defined as anyone with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or over, or anyone with BMI of 30 or over and a related comorbidity (health problem), such as type 2 diabetes or heart disease.
The only way to find out is to consult a qualified bariatric surgeon. Michael Feiz, M.D., F.A.C.S., has performed countless successful procedures for men and women from all walks of life, and he is widely regarded as one of the finest surgeons in the field. To find out more, contact our offices at the phone number above, or reach out to Dr. Feiz and our team through our contact page.