If you have tried to lose weight with diet and exercise alone, you know how challenging it could be. Weight loss is a complex issue. It is not simply resolved by the latest fad diet or fitness training. A combination of physical, behavioral, psychological, and emotional factors can make it very difficult to achieve your weight loss goals. If you have unsuccessfully tried to dial down the scale with diet after diet, then surgical weight loss solutions are for you.
Weight loss surgery, or bariatric surgery, is an effective, long-term weight loss solution for those struggling with being overweight and obese. These surgeries work in three ways.
● Reduce the calories absorbed by the body
● Reduce hunger and appetite
● Limit the amount of food you can eat at a time
When supported by lifestyle changes more than 70% of weight loss surgery patients experience long-term weight loss. These procedures also prevent, cure, or improve comorbid conditions linked to obesity such as sleep apnea, diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease.
How do you know if you qualify for weight loss surgery? Typically, a patient can qualify for weight loss surgery if they satisfy the following criteria- 1) a BMI of 35-39.9 combined with health conditions such as high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes qualify you for weight loss surgery OR 2) a BMI of 40 and above. The best approach is to visit a weight loss center or see a weight loss surgeon who can advise you on the best weight loss plan for you.
There are several weight loss procedures available. Read on to find out about the details of each procedure available at our clinic in Long Island, NY
For many patients, combating weight gain can be a tough battle. There are many different options out there to help reduce the number on the scale, but a laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy gives many patients another option to get their weight and diet back on track.
The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery considers the gastric bypass surgery the “gold standard” for operations that focus on weight loss. Gastric bypass helps to reduce the number of calories that an individual can consume and process.
When patients are looking to be converted from a gastric band to another type of bariatric procedure, a gastric bypass is an alternative. Particularly if patients have significant gastroesophageal reflux (GERD), converting to a gastric bypass may be a good choice.
Often times when removing an adjustable gastric band, patients can be converted to a sleeve gastrectomy. Usually, this can be done in 1 operation. However, occasionally this is a 2-operation process. If there are significant adhesions and capsule around the stomach, it may not be safe to remove the band and convert to a sleeve during the same procedure.