Bariatric Surgery/Weight loss surgery
Obesity continues to plague many Americans. In fact, it is the number one health concern in our country. Not only does obesity impact an individual’s self-esteem and overall quality of life, but it increases the risk of the development of obesity-related illnesses. For those individuals who have struggled with weight their entire life, one option may be bariatric surgery. This type of surgery helps with weight control by restricting the amount of food the stomach can hold, resulting in malabsorption of nutrients. In recent years bariatric surgery has become a popular and reliable method for losing weight, in turn allowing individuals to become the healthiest version of themselves.
Making the decision to move ahead with bariatric surgery is not only that most people make lightly. This is a very difficult, life-changing event that will have a lasting impact.
What Can I Expect?
There are several different types of bariatric surgery procedures, including:
- Gastric Bypass
- Sleeve Gastrectomy
- Duodenal Switch
- Revision surgery, including removal of lap bands and/or conversion to a different bariatric surgery
- Gastric Balloon Weight Loss System
Being severely overweight can increase an individual’s risk of developing life-threatening condition, such as:
- Sleep apnea
- Reduction in life expectancy
- Certain cancers (such as uterus, colon, breast, and prostate)
To see if you are a candidate for bariatric surgery or to learn more about what to expect from the procedure, please contact Surgical Associates of Mansfield today. Bariatric surgery requires a long-term commitment to your health and does not come easily to many. Surgery patients must change their eating habits, exercise habits, and overall lifestyle in order to ensure a successful outcome.