Which Type of Weight Loss Surgery Is Best For You?

Whether you’ve come to the decision on your own or your doctor has recommended it, bariatric surgery can help release you from the prison of obesity, allowing you to regain control of your life. Now it’s time to choose which type of weight loss surgery is right for your circumstances and goals.

At the Weight Loss Institute of Arizona, our team of highly qualified weight-loss specialists offers a wide range of bariatric solutions, which means there’s sure to be one to suit your needs.

In the following, we explore our offerings to help you figure out which type of bariatric surgery might be best for you.

A closer look at bariatric surgery 

Before we get into your many options for weight-loss surgery, let’s take a broader view of what bariatric surgery can accomplish and how it can meet your goals.

In general, bariatric surgery is a great solution for anyone who has a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher, though this number isn’t written in stone. 

For example, if you have diabetes and your BMI is around 35, bariatric surgery can help you lose the unhealthy pounds and better manage this chronic disease. This same concept holds true for other health issues like sleep apnea, high blood pressure, and more.

Another consideration is which approach you want to take to lose weight. In general, bariatric surgery helps you lose weight in two ways:

In some cases, we accomplish both with certain surgeries.

Now let’s briefly review your options.

The Obalon® balloon

If you want to try the least invasive method for losing weight, we offer the Obalon technique, which is a swallowable (and removable) intragastric balloon that takes up space in your stomach, limiting its capacity. 

Not only does the balloon limit what you take in, but it can make you feel full faster.

Gastric band

Another minimally invasive and reversible technique is our Lap-Band® system, in which we place a saline-filled ring around your stomach, limiting its size. We can easily adjust the band as you go to meet your goals and remove it when you feel you're ready.

Gastric sleeve

During this procedure, we remove 80-85% of your stomach, which reduces the amount of food you take in, but doesn’t affect the normal absorption of nutrients. 

This procedure is irreversible, but most of our patients go on to lead healthy, happy lives with a reduced stomach. And during the gastric sleeve procedure, we also remove the portion of your stomach that controls hunger.

Gastric bypass

During a gastric bypass, we not only shrink the size of your stomach, but we reduce how many calories your body absorbs by bypassing a large portion of your small intestine and attaching your now-smaller stomach to the lower part of your small intestine.

Duodenal switch

This weight loss surgery is one of the more complex approaches, but it is highly effective. Also called a biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch, it involves restricting the size of your stomach and then dividing your duodenum so you absorb fewer calories in your small and large intestines.

When it comes to choosing which weight-loss surgery is right for you, the decision is ultimately yours to make. We can certainly suggest an approach that may work best for your goals, but you need to feel comfortable with your choice. 

To learn more about your options in bariatric surgery, please contact one of our six locations in Tempe, Glendale, Mesa, Tucson, or Phoenix, Arizona, to set up a consultation.

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