Bariatric Surgery

Weight loss surgery helps people with extreme obesity to lose weight. It may be an option if you cannot lose weight through diet and exercise or have serious health problems caused by obesity.

Most patients begin to lose weight right away. Some gain some of the weight back, but most are able to keep the weight off for long periods.

The lap-band system has the advantages of being less invasive, providing a faster recovery, and avoiding alteration of anatomy of the gastrointestinal tract. It is adjustable and reversible with normal stomach restoration. No opening of the stomach or intestines occurs that could cause a leak.

Most obesity-related medical conditions improve drastically after surgery, especially diabetes, sleep apnea, and hypertension.

People who undergo one of these procedures are much more likely to reach their goal and keep weight off if they also adopt a plan of healthy eating and regular exercise.

All surgical procedures have complications.

Patients experience nausea, abdominal cramping, and diarrhea after eating sugar. Other symptoms include weakness or faintness.

Narrowing or ulcer formation or leak at the stomach to intestine connection - These may require reoperation.

In addition to surgical complications, long-term consequences of the malabsorption arise if patients with gastric bypass do not take supplemental vitamins, iron, and calcium.

Q.   How do I know that I will be suitable for surgery?

A.   Selection for surgery depends on your weight and height, the presence of other health or psychological problems, your age and readiness to go ahead with surgery. The final decision rests with the team but we will do our best to help anyone that we think will benefit from surgery

Q.   How much weight can I expect to lose, and how quickly?

A.   The amount of weight lost after surgery depends on the type of operation, but more importantly on changing your lifestyle and eating habits.