Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric Surgery Overview

The American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) reports that more than 15 million people suffer from morbid obesity in the United States. Approximately 205,000 people are expected to undergo bariatric surgery this year. The types of Bariatric surgery include Gastric Bypass, LAP-BAND®, Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (VSG), REALIZE™ Adjustable Gastric Band, Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass, The Duodenal Switch procedure. Most of these procedures are performed laparoscopically using small incisions.

Bariatric surgery procedures reduce the size of the stomach, creating an egg-sized pouch. An individual feels full quicker than when they had a full sized stomach. These procedures reduce the amount of food a person eats to about 3 pints at one time, meaning fewer calories are consumed. Patients who suffer morbid obesity typically lose significant weight by undergoing Bariatric surgery procedures. Patients are also less likely to die from heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and some cancers.

These surgical procedures are only considered for patients with severe obesity. Having a mild weight problem is not a reason to undergo Bariatric surgery. Individuals who consider Bariatric Surgery need to discuss their options and learn about the risks and recovery involved in these procedures before making a decision.

When you use 1800mySurgeon, you are assured of making an informed decision because all of our Board-Certified Surgeons are prescreened and continually monitored. The qualified patient coordinators at 1800mySurgeon are prepared to help you find Board-Certified Surgeons in your area, who specialize in Bariatric surgery, or we can provide a background check on any surgeon.

Having Realistic Expectations about Bariatric Surgery

Being honest with yourself about how your body will change and how those changes will affect your life is important. Disappointment may happen, especially if you believe surgery will fix your life problems, save your marriage or cure depression. Having Gastric Bypass, LAP-BAND®, Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (VSG), REALIZE™ Adjustable Gastric Band, Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass, or The Duodenal Switch procedure will result in significant weight loss. Weight loss may boost your self-confidence, but that won’t change who you are or the way other people feel about you.

Questions to Ask Your Prospective Surgeon

Once you’ve made an appointment for a consultation, take the time to prepare a list of questions and concerns you want to address with your prospective surgeon. The consultation is your opportunity to assess the surgeon as much as it is their opportunity to determine your candidacy for the procedure. Take your time, be thorough and know that you are never required to commit to a procedure or a surgeon because you’ve had a consultation, even if the consultation is free.

The different Bariatric surgery procedures involve different techniques. Some surgeons will use different techniques to achieve successful Bariatric surgery. You want to make sure that you choose a surgeon whose work you admire. You will be able to see the outcome of some of their surgeries by looking at before-and-after pictures. Have the surgeon thoroughly explain their procedure and why they value a certain technique more than others.

Make sure to speak to the anesthesiologist before you schedule a surgery, and inform them of any allergies or reactions you have to any medications. Make sure to tell both your surgeon and the anesthesiologist if you have any pre-existing medical conditions.

This list of information may help you compile your questions and may encourage you to do some further research on the many different aspects of Bariatric surgery:

  • How old do I need to be in order to have Bariatric Surgery?
  • Bariatric surgery the right procedure for me?
  • How can I prepare for my Bariatric surgery?
  • What type of anesthesia will be used?
  • What can I expect after surgery? When can I return to normal activities?
  • What are the costs involved with Bariatric Surgery?

If you’re consulting with a surgeon from 1800mySurgeon, you can rest assured that you will be meeting with a qualified Board-Certified Surgeon. If you already have a surgeon in mind, our qualified patient coordinators can also perform a background check before you schedule your consultation. Most importantly, always trust your instincts during the consultation. The success of your surgical experience will be based on how you feel about your surgeon, the surgery, your recovery and your result.

Bariatric Surgery Recovery

As with any surgical procedure, Bariatric surgery procedures such as The Gastric Bypass, LAP-BAND®, Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (VSG), REALIZE™ Adjustable Gastric Band, Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass, or The Duodenal Switch procedure can carry some risks. These procedures are suited only for morbidly obese patients who are in a constant struggle to lose weight and have had little to no success with traditional weight loss methods.

Bariatric surgery can be a lengthy procedure, which increases the risks of complications from anesthesia. Make sure your surgeon addresses all of your questions and concerns to your satisfaction.

It is highly recommended for you to refrain from too much activity at home. Normal daily activities such as going upstairs and taking a shower can resume after a few days. Your surgeon will also recommend a dietary plan for you to follow so that your road to recovery will be quick and safe.

Bariatric Surgery Risks

As with any surgical procedure, Bariatric surgery procedures such as The Gastric Bypass, LAP-BAND®, Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (VSG), REALIZE™ Adjustable Gastric Band, Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass, or The Duodenal Switch procedure can carry some risks. These procedures are suited only for morbidly obese patients who are in a constant struggle to lose weight and have had little to no success with traditional weight loss methods.

Bariatric surgery can be a lengthy procedure, which increases the risks of complications from anesthesia. Make sure your surgeon addresses all of your questions and concerns to your satisfaction.

During your consultation, you will want to ask your surgeon about the following risks:

  • What are the chances of infection?
  • What are the risks of death during the surgery?
  • Will I have nutritional deficiencies?

It is important to remember that no surgeon can guarantee your satisfaction with Bariatric surgery nor can they deny any risk factors. No matter how rarely risks occur, every surgery carries a certain amount of risk, and you have to decide for yourself if your potential desired result is worth the risk.

Long Term Results of Bariatric Surgery

People who undergo Bariatric surgery typically lose two-thirds of their extra weight within two years. This is largely because the decreased size of the stomach which allows only two to three ounces of food intake. Your body will not tolerate foods with high sugars and fats, which is another reason for weight loss. Bariatric surgery also changes the release of hunger-causing hormones which reduces a person’s appetite, giving patients long-term results.

Choosing Your Surgeon

At 1800mySurgeon, we are here to help you make an informed decision. One of the most important aspects for a successful outcome of your procedure is to choose the right surgeon, therefore all of our Board-Certified Surgeons are prescreened and continually monitored. We can help you find Board-Certified Surgeons in your area, who specialize in Bariatric surgery, or we can provide a background check on any surgeon.