What is bariatric surgery? How does it work?
Bariatric surgery at Centegra’s Weight-Loss Surgery Center is about so much more than quick weight loss. In fact, weight loss surgery is not ideal for people who simply want to know how to lose weight fast. Weight loss surgery is just one part of a committed, lifelong journey to counteract the negative effects of obesity.
Three weight loss surgery procedures, also known as bariatric surgery, are performed at Centegra using the laparoscopic, or minimally-invasive, approach:
- Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery
- Gastric banding (also known as LAP Band™ surgery)
- Sleeve gastrectomy
Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery
Over the past 20 years, the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass procedure has been performed more than any other weight loss surgery in the United States. It is also commonly known as gastric bypass. Characteristics of this weight loss surgery include:
- Restricts both the food intake and amount of calories and nutrients the body absorbs to promote weight loss.
- A small pouch is created to restrict food intake.
- A “Y” shaped section of the small intestine is attached to the pouch to allow food to bypass the lower stomach, the first portion of the small intestines, the duodenum, and the first portion of the jejunum.
The gastric band is the only adjustable, reversible bariatric surgery that does not require cutting and stapling of the stomach or GI re-routing to bypass normal digestion. The Centegra Healthy Living Institute uses the LAP Band™ and Realize Band™ for gastric banding. Characteristics of the gastric band procedure include:
- An adjustable gastric band, also known as a weight loss belt, that is placed around the upper part of the stomach to restrict the amount of food the stomach can contain
- Adjustments are made through a port that is placed under the skin
The sleeve gastrectomy, also known as a gastric sleeve, is a restrictive procedure that involves:
- Most of the stomach being removed from the body to create a “sleeve” shaped stomach.
- Weight loss occurs because patients are only able to eat a small amount of food at a time.
How do I know if I’m a candidate for any of these bariatric surgery procedures?
If you are more than 100 pounds overweight with a high BMI and you have tried and failed to lose weight, or if you suffer from health problems stemming from obesity, such as heart disease, diabetes, sleep apnea, joint disease or infertility, bariatric surgery may be right for you.* If you feel that you may be a candidate for bariatric surgery, call (847) 802-7230 to sign up for the next informational session. Come and meet our bariatric surgery team and learn more about Centegra’s Weight-Loss Surgery Center.
What are the results?*
Having bariatric surgery is not a guarantee for quick weight loss. It is designed to be a tool that will allow you to retrain your eating habits and begin to make lifestyle changes necessary to reverse obesity and maintain weight loss. The amount of weight lost depends on your commitment to adhering to the post-operative diet plans and exercise recommendations. A measure of success is the loss of 50 percent of an individual’s excess body fat.
What are the risks?
As with any procedure, there are risks and complications associated with weight loss surgery. Our team will review these with you.
How will my diet and lifestyle change following the procedure?
As previously mentioned, having weight loss surgery is not enough. Your success will depend on your commitment to making the necessary changes in your lifestyle. This commitment to change is a lifelong process that begins with the decision to undergo bariatric surgery. If you are committed to making the necessary changes, we are here to assist you with your journey toward a new life.
Some of the necessary changes include lifelong medical follow ups, changes in your diet and eating habits, and inclusion of a daily exercise regime. Our healthcare team will review these with you.
Does insurance cover this procedure?
Your insurance may cover all or a portion of this procedure and the follow-up treatment. You should check with your insurance company regarding your individual coverage. Our financial counselors will assist you in your efforts. In some cases, not all of the charges will be covered and the individual will be responsible for those costs.
*Results are individual and may vary.