Bariatric (Weight Loss) Surgeons
Bariatric surgery is used to help people lose weight.
It is considered as an option only after the patient has not been able to lose weight through more conservative methods, like dieting and exercising regularly over a considerable length of time.
There are three main types of bariatric surgery:
Gastric Band Surgery or Lap-Band Surgery
Gastric “lap-band” band surgery involves the insertion of a band around the stomach, creating a small pouch. Because this pouch can hold less food than the whole stomach, the patient feels full after ingesting smaller quantities of food than what he or she is used to. Overtime, the reduced consumption of food results in weight loss.
Sleeve Gastrectomy or Gastric Sleeve Surgery
Sleeve gastrectomy also reduces the amount of food needed for the patient to be full. It involves the removal of a portion of the stomach, typically the part that’s farthest from the “entrance” and “exit” of the stomach. The part of the stomach that remains has the form of a tube or “sleeve” which is what gives the procedure its name.
Gastric Bypass Surgery
Gastric bypass surgery is performed by dividing the stomach into two pouches and then relocating the exit to the small intestine, thus artificially creating a “smaller” stomach. Like the other two types of bariatric surgery, it works by making the person feel fuller with less food.
Your doctor will work with you and help you decide which type of bariatric surgery is the best one for you.