Bariatric surgery is a unique procedure that restricts the amount of food a stomach can contain, causing severely overweight and obese patients to lose weight. Also called gastric bypass surgery, this highly advanced operation changes the anatomy of the digestive system. As a result, obese patients experience weight loss and other health benefits for conditions like diabetes, hypertension, liver disease, high cholesterol, arthritis, sleep apnea, and more. According to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, bariatric surgery is considered to be the only proven method for durable weight loss when conservative measures like dieting and exercise have failed.
At Plano Surgical Hospital, the physicians who specialize in bariatric surgery want patients to know they are committed to helping them achieve their weight loss goals. While this surgical procedure can help patients lose a significant amount of weight, patients will still need to make necessary lifestyle changes to ensure sustained weight loss years after their surgery. There are different kindsof bariatric surgeries and each procedure has its own process. Common bariatric procedure include:
- Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass
- Biliopancreatic Diversion and Duodenal Switch
- Gastric Banding