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Surgical Weight Loss Program

Who qualifies for weight-loss surgery?

There are minimum requirements set by the National Institute of Health (NIH) for having bariatric surgery for weight loss.  

1.    BMI of 30 to 39.9 and two documented obesity related medical conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes.
2.    BMI of 40 or greater.

Which surgical proSurgical Weight Loss Programcedure is right for you?

Adjustable Gastric band:
This is the only adjustable and reversible procedure available today.  The procedure is performed laparoscopically (by placing a camera and a few instruments through tiny incisions into the abdomen).  A band is placed around the upper portion of the stomach to create a small pouch.  The procedure will restrict food intake because the new pouch will hold only one or two ounces of food creating a full feeling.  The gastric band is adjustable allowing food to empty out of the pouch slower or faster for continued weight loss.  You can expect to lose about 1-2 pounds per week.

Gastric bypass:
In gastric bypass (also known as Roux-en-Y), a portion of the stomach is stapled to produce a small pouch that would restrict food intake to about one ounce.  A portion of the intestine is than brought up and connected to the pouch so that food will bypass the early portion of the intestine.  This way, less of the food you eat is absorbed.  Therefore, gastric bypass both restricts food intake and decreases food absorption.  You can expect a rapid weight loss of up to 5 lb per week and improvement of disorders such as diabetes.  

Sleeve gastrectomy:
Through small incisions in the abdomen, the stomach is stapled to produce a long sleeve similar to the shape of a banana.  The remainder of the stomach is removed.  The procedure creates a smaller stomach and restricts food intake.  The intestines are not cut or rerouted.  Your food intake will be reduced and you will feel full quicker.  You can expect to lose 2-4 lb per week.

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