Weight Loss Surgery

Definition - What does Weight Loss Surgery mean?

Weight loss surgery refers to a variety of procedures that serve as a treatment option for obese and morbidly obese patients. Specifically, weight loss surgery is designed for individuals with a BMI of 40+ or 35+ and suffer from obesity-related conditions such as sleep apnea.

There are a variety of options when it comes to weight loss surgery. The decision for which procedure is right for a patient comes down to a variety of factors including the eating habits of the patient. The intention of the procedure is to provide enough weight loss that the individual may reach a healthy weight. However, lifestyle changes are required in order to keep the weight off.

TheConsultation explains Weight Loss Surgery

The most popular options for weight loss surgery include:

Gastric Bypass-Provides permanent type of weight loss surgery in which the stomach is divided into two sections. The lower section becomes the unused portion of the stomach thus making people feel fuller faster. Essentially, individuals with this type of surgery can no longer consume large portions of food and thus will experience significant weight loss.

Sleeve Gastrectomy-Reduces the stomach size by 25 percent by permanently removing a portion of the stomach. Sometimes, individuals that need to lose a large amount of weight, will begin with this surgery and then one year later complete a gastric bypass surgery.

Lap Band Surgery-Flexible weight loss option that can be adjusted based on the individual goals of the patient. The surgery is accomplished by placing a silicone band around a portion of the stomach and then filling it with saline solution to control the size of the new stomach. The band is adjusted several times to meet the dietary goals of the patient.

The patient should discuss options with their surgeon to better understand which option is right for them.

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