Weight loss surgery is typically a last-resort treatment option for those whose health is compromised by obesity-related diseases like Type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
At OakBend Medical Group, we offer several types of bariatric surgeries for people who aren’t able to successfully lose weight through diet and lifestyle changes. Our bariatric surgeons Christopher Reilly, MD, FACS, Steven M. Thomas, MD, FACS, and Genna Lubrano, MD, use the latest surgical techniques to help you lose weight quickly and safely.
How weight loss surgeries work
The weight loss surgeries we offer primarily focus on reducing the size of your stomach to limit how much food you can consume.
Some surgeries also alter your appetite, so you’re less inclined to snack and overeat when you’re not actually hungry.
Our bariatric surgeons can often use minimally invasive surgical techniques to reduce the size of your stomach, so you can expect to heal faster and with less complications than you might with traditional open surgery.
Candidates for weight loss surgery
Weight loss surgery is generally safe for people who have a body mass index (BMI) greater than 40 or those with a BMI over 30 who already have obesity-related health issues like:
Our team performs a comprehensive health evaluation prior to recommending weight loss surgery to ensure you’re healthy enough to tolerate anesthesia. We can also help you decide on which weight loss surgery technique we use to help you achieve your weight loss goals.
You must also be committed to the diet and lifestyle changes you need to make after surgery, and for the rest of your life, to maintain a healthy weight.
3 types of popular weight loss surgeries
At OakBend Medical Group, we offer several types of effective weight loss surgeries including:
The Obera® Intragastric Balloon is a noninvasive type of weight loss procedure that reduces the size of your stomach temporarily. Using an endoscope, our physicians insert a special balloon in your stomach through your mouth.
They inflate the balloon to reduce your stomach size and limit what you can eat. The balloon also helps you feel fuller longer, so it's easier to control your portion sizes.
Gastric sleeve surgery involves the removal of about nine-tenths of your stomach to promote weight loss. Our surgeons form a small banana-shaped sleeve out of the remaining part of your stomach.
The smaller sleeve limits who much food you can eat to stop overeating, so you can lose excess weight easily and quickly.
Gastric bypass surgery involves disconnecting a large section of your stomach and forming a smaller pouch. Our surgeons connect the new pouch directly to your small intestine to limit how much food you can eat.
This type of surgery also limits how many calories you absorb from the foods you eat to promote rapid and safe long-term weight loss.
To find out more about the benefits of weight loss surgery, schedule a bariatric surgery consultation online or call OakBend Medical Group today.