If you’ve tried dieting and exercise without success, your weight can become a barrier that prevents you from leading a full, happy life. Bariatric surgery can help you lose weight, and improve your health and quality of life. The highly trained surgeons at the Weight Loss Institute of Arizona perform bariatric surgery with expertise and skill. The practice runs two clinics in Tempe and has further branches in Glendale, Mesa, Tucson, and Phoenix, Arizona. To schedule a consultation with a caring physician, call today or book an appointment online.
Bariatric surgery refers to a group of surgeries designed to induce weight loss. Bariatric surgical procedures either reduce the size of the stomach, restricting the number of calories absorbed by the small intestine, or take from both approaches. Some bariatric procedures also reduce the production of the hormones that cause you to feel hunger.
Different types of bariatric surgery address different requirements based on your health and lifestyle and your weight loss goals. The most common bariatric surgical procedures are:
In a gastric bypass procedure, your surgeon restricts your stomach to a small pouch, and that pouch is attached to the lower part of your small intestine, thus bypassing most of your stomach and part of the small intestine. This procedure combines restriction of the stomach with malabsorption because less of the small intestine is available to absorb calories.
Vertical sleeve gastrectomy, also called the gastric sleeve, involves the removal of approximately 80-85% of the stomach. This limits the amount of food intake without impairing the normal absorption of vitamins and minerals.
The Lap-Band® System is a soft, saline-filled ring that is placed around the stomach, creating a small pouch, which limits the amount of food you can eat at each meal. The gastric band can be adjusted by your doctor so you continue to lose weight over time.
Biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch, also known as a duodenal switch, is one of the most complicated bariatric surgeries. In this procedure, the size of the stomach is restricted, and the duodenum is divided so that the small and large intestines can be reconfigured to absorb fewer calories from food during the digestive process.
The Obalon® system is a swallowable, removable intragastric balloon that fills space in your stomach, limiting the amount of food you can eat, causing you to feel full so you experience less hunger.
Each type of bariatric surgery has pros and cons. A consultation will determine if you’re a candidate for bariatric surgery, and which procedure is right for you.
To find out more about bariatric surgery, call for an appointment, book one online or sign up for a weight loss seminar offered at the Weight Loss Institute of Arizona.