Have you been sticking closely to a diet and exercise plan, only to see the scale refuse to budge? If so, you’re not alone. Diet and exercise are simply not enough for many people to tackle their weight issues, but ignoring the problem can be dangerous. Obesity increases your risk for conditions like high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes, which can lead to heart disease, stroke, and other serious medical problems. The good news is that weight loss surgery can help you lose weight and improve your health. At Brandon Regional Hospital, we offer a few different options for weight loss surgery. Your doctor will work closely with you to decide which procedure is the right one for you. This information will also help you make your choice.
Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass
Gastric bypass is the most common weight loss surgery in the United States. With this procedure, surgeons create a small pouch out of a portion of your stomach for food ingestion, which limits the amount you can eat. They then bypass the rest of the stomach and part of the small intestine to reduce the amount of calories you can absorb. Because of the laparoscopic approach, incisions are small and recovery time is speedy. Most people lose between 65 and 85 percent of their excess weight between 12 and 18 months after the surgery.
Laparoscopic Gastric Sleeve
With this procedure, surgeons remove about 75 percent of the stomach and reshape the remaining portion to look like a small tube that is shaped like a banana. The amount of food a patient can eat is drastically reduced, but because no changes are made to digestion, no foods are off limits.
Laparoscopic Gastric Banding
This weight loss surgery limits the size of the stomach by fastening an adjustable belt around the upper part of the stomach. Since there are no changes to the stomach, this procedure is reversible. Gastric banding has the fastest recovery time of any weight loss surgery. Most patients can return to work within a week.
To learn more about these procedures, register for a weight loss surgery class at Brandon Regional Hospital. You can trust us for all of your healthcare needs, including laparoscopic procedures, emergency care, and orthopedic surgery. For more information, call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (888) 327-2636.