If you’ve been trying to lose weight for a long time without success, then weight loss surgery could provide the solution. The highly skilled surgeons at Weight Loss Institute of Arizona are experts in performing weight loss surgery and restoring your health and vitality. The institute runs two clinics in Tempe and has further branches in Glendale, Mesa, Tucson, and Phoenix, Arizona, so give them a call today or book an appointment online.
Millions of Americans face the challenge of losing weight each year, but for some people, nothing they try seems to work. Following advice on healthy eating and exercising is the best way to lose weight, but some people face additional challenges such as other health conditions, or a genetic influence.
The staff at Weight Loss Institute of Arizona assess all their patients to check for underlying reasons why they struggle to lose weight. The assessment includes running tests and looking at patients’ medical history to search for any contributing factors.
Weight loss surgery works in one of two ways, either by restricting the size of your stomach, so you feel full after consuming a smaller meal (restrictive surgery) or by affecting calorie absorption (malabsorptive surgery).
Gastric bypass surgery uses a combination of these two methods to achieve weight loss, but most procedures use the restrictive approach.
There are a number of alternative weight loss surgeries available, and some are permanent, while others are reversible.
A gastric bypass procedure requires your surgeon to alter the stomach and first part of the small intestine so that food bypasses the first stage of the digestive system. Bypass surgery restricts the size of your stomach, and as it bypasses part of your digestive system, what you eat doesn’t get entirely absorbed by your body.
Gastric bypass is a permanent solution, as part of your stomach is removed. Gastric sleeve surgery is also permanent, but rather than bypassing the stomach, your surgeon removes a large portion of the stomach itself and forms a small pouch (sleeve) with the remainder.
Lap-Band® System procedures are reversible, so instead of surgically altering your digestive system, your surgeon places a laparoscopic gastric band around the top of your stomach. The band restricts your stomach’s capacity, so you feel full more quickly and eat less.
Gastric imbrication or plication involves your surgeon folding your stomach over and sewing it into place to reduce its size, but as your surgeon makes no permanent changes to your digestive system, the procedure is reversible. Your surgeon uses a laparoscopic technique that is less invasive than open surgery, so the process is relatively comfortable.
Intragastric balloons are a nonsurgical alternative that your surgeon inserts into your stomach using an endoscope. The balloon fills most of the space in your stomach, leaving less room your food. Intragastric balloons stay in for six months and are particularly appropriate for patients who need to lose weight without wanting to undergo surgery.
If you want to discuss your options for weight loss surgery, call Weight Loss Institute of Arizona today, or book an appointment online.