Bariatric Treatment Options
Most overweight people have experienced the “Dieting Yo-Yo” – they lose some pounds, but soon gain back even more. In the long run, they remain on the same medications for blood pressure and diabetes, and they are still obese.
If you are obese and neither lifestyle changes nor medications have helped you lose enough weight, surgery may be an option. Bariatric surgery (surgery to treat obesity), helps keep weight off long-term, improves your health, and has been shown in multiple studies to cure or significantly reduce many of the other health problems associated with obesity. It is safe in the long-term, fully covered by virtually all insurance plans and, with recent advances, can be minimally invasive and have you back home as early as the next day.
The lap band is a small, saline-inflatable band placed around the upper portion of the patient’s stomach. The surgery is performed laparoscopically, which means less scarring, shorter hospital stay, less pain, quicker return to full activities, and fewer long-term complications. And it leaves the stomach fully intact.
It works by being placed around the upper part of the stomach to create a small stomach pouch that holds a small amount of food. The band restricts the amount of food consumed, slows the emptying of food from the stomach, and provides a constant sensation of being full. It allows you to finally gain control over your hunger.
This minimally invasive technique involves the surgeon creating a small, sleeve-shaped stomach about the size of a banana. The stomach is about 15%-20% smaller than its original size. With this option patients are expected to have 70% excess weight loss at 18 months. This method is effective for patients who are morbidly obese and an alternative for patients suffering from morbid obesity whose health risks are too complicated for earlier weight loss methods.