Are you a candidate for surgical weight loss? Learn what Brandon Regional Hospital can do for you.
Surgical weight loss, also known as bariatric surgery, is a fantastic option for those who seek a healthier life. But surgery is serious and requires a great change of lifestyle.
Who qualifies for surgical weight loss?
Given the intense changes that surgical weight loss presents both physically and emotionally, you must commit to a new lifestyle, one that is necessary to maintain your new body. This includes major dietary changes as well as new habits, such as exercising frequently. Among other questions, your physician may ask you:
- if your weigh exceeds twice the recommendation for your height, age and sex.
- if you have been overweight for 5 years or more.
- if you have diabetes.
- what weight loss programs you have tried in the past and why they failed.
- if you are willing to join a support group for those who have experienced surgical weight loss.
What are my options?
Once you are given the green light to undergo surgical weight loss, your physician will help you choose which type matches your needs. The term “laparoscopic” refers to the minimally invasive type of surgery used to help you recover quickly and reduce your scars. There are three kinds of surgical weight loss:
1. Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass
As the most common surgical weight loss procedure, this procedure creates a small pouch within the stomach so that you can’t overeat.
2. Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy
In sleeve gastrectomy, part of the stomach is stapled off so that a smaller portion of the stomach remains.
3. Laparoscopic-Gastric Banding
An adjustable band is placed around the stomach to prevent overeating.
What are the benefits?
Weight loss surgery at Brandon Regional Hospital means:
- experienced surgeons
- small incisions
- quick recovery
- ability to lose a great deal of weight within 18 months of the procedure
- state-of-the-art post-operation care
- Bariatric Center of Excellence
Visit Brandon Regional Hospital’s weight loss website to learn more. Ask a health question, receive a physician referral or schedule an appointment with our free 24/7 Consult-A-Nurse® service at 1-888-327-2636.