Bariatric surgery is a surgical intervention that is intended to help obese and morbidly obese people lose weight and drastically improve their health. Several different surgical options are available, and all essentially involve a procedure that makes the stomach smaller, limiting the amount of food that can be eaten.
People who are morbidly obese are at risk for early death as well as serious health conditions, including diabetes, sleep apnea, hypertension, heart disease, high cholesterol and fatty liver disease.
Why Bariatric Surgery?
While exercise and eating right are effective ways for most people to lose weight, we know this doesn’t typically work for individuals who are morbidly obese. In fact, this method is less than 5% successful for morbidly obese individuals. Bariatric surgery has proven the most successful way to help individuals lose weight and improve their health and overall quality of life.
Types of Procedures We Offer
The Metabolic & Weight Management Center offers both laparoscopic and robotic procedures.
Roux-en Y Gastric Bypass
Roux-en Y Gastric Bypass Named for Cesar Roux, the surgeon who first described the procedure. Roux-en Y surgery reconfigures parts of the stomach and intestine to resemble a stick Y-shape. It reduces the size of the stomach to a small pouch that holds about 1 to 2 ounces of food. Limiting the amount of food a patient can eat and the number of calories that the patient’s body can absorb helps the patient achieve dramatic weight-loss while often controlling Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea and other health problems. An overnight stay is required for the majority of patients with discharge usually by noon on the day after surgery. The out-of-work time is a two-week minimum.
Gastric Sleeve gastrectomy is a restrictive weight-loss surgery that permanently removes 85 percent of the stomach, leaving it in the shape of a small banana. This means you should feel full sooner than usual. An overnight stay is required for the majority of patients with discharge usually by noon on the day after surgery. The out-of-work time is a two-week minimum.
Bariatric Surgery: The First Step to Success
Bariatric surgery isn't a quick fix and requires dedication and hard work. Surgery is a tool to aid in weight loss, but a number of other critical steps are necessary for this process to be successful. A healthy diet, exercise, support group attendance and dedication to other team-prescribed changes help ensure lasting weight loss.
At FirstHealth, we believe it's important to provide safe and effective care. The Department of Surgery tracks many performance measures and compares them to the national data. At the following links, you can view some of these measures.
- Patient Ratings of Bariatric Surgeons Chart
- Laparoscopic Bariatric Outcomes Chart
- Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass Outcomes Graph
- Laparoscopic Gastric Sleeve Outcomes Graph
- Laparoscopic Bariatric Outcomes Graph